Colombia and Ecuador reopened diplomatic relations. U.S. and Colombia´s close alliance is now history.
Last wednesday , the South American neighbours Colombia and Ecuador formally re-initiated diplomatic relations, more than thirty months after Ecuador broke off over a border violation by Colombia.
The announcement, which comes ten months after leaders from the two countries said they intended to resume diplomatic relations, was made by the presidents of both countries, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia und Rafael Correa of Ecuador.
They met in the colombian city of Cali, in south-west Colombia, where ecuatorian Correa had arrived with aid for victims of a important flooding Colombia is suffering.
Ecuador broke off relations in March 2008, after Colombian airforce bombed a camp of leftist guerillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), located at the ecuatorian border with Colombia. The air attack killed one of the top FARC leaders Raul Reyes and 24 other colombian narcoterrorists.
The raid, carried out under Santos’ predecessor Alvaro Uribe, originated an international crisis between both countries, in which Ecuador as well as its ally Hugo Chavez (Venezuela) moved troops to the borders.
In August, shortly after Santos took office, Colombia and Venezuela also restored diplomatic relations. Chavez had ordered a diplomatic freeze in 2009 and moved trrops to the border, announcing the possibility of a war, after Bogota announced it would allow the US military to use seven Colombian Army bases. Uribe accused Venezuela of harbouring 1,500 Colombian guerrillas.
Narco terrorists of FARC have been conducting a war against the Colombian government for four decades, a strife that is closely linked to the drug trade. Since the arrival of President Santos to power, Colombia has moved away from its close ally the U.S., and solved its agenda with Ecuador and Venezuela.
President Obama´s foreign policy is distant from South America, and the former close relation between Bush and Uribe is now history. U.S. has also failed to approve the free trade agreement with Colombia, and the last military agreement between both countries in now “in the fridge”.