Brazil Tells Colombia About Its Concern Over US Forces in that Country

    Presidents Uribe and Lula

    Presidents Uribe and Lula Colombia's president Alvaro Uribe three day visit to seven South American countries to explain to his peers the extent of the military understanding with Washington had its last stop in Brazil and the meeting with President Lula da Silva, was the most significant of all presidential exchanges.

    The Colombia-US arrangement includes deployment of US forces in seven Colombian bases.

    Brazilian Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim said that the Brazil government had expressed "concern over the establishment of US military in Colombian bases" during the "cordial meeting" between presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Uribe.

    Amorim also informed that Brazil had proposed "continuing with the dialogue" and called for multilateral cooperation in combating the narcotics trade. "President Lula said that it was important to consolidate the South American Defense Council," indicated the minister.

    The South American Defense Council was created precisely on an initiative from Brazil in an attempt to contain US influence in the region on security and military affairs.

    President Uribe following the hour long meeting simply sent his regards to the "Brazilian communicators" and thanked the "wide and open" dialogue with President Lula. The Colombian presidential press officer as in the previous meetings said that the meeting had been "positive" and "very important," but when asked for more details recalled that the "lightning round" had been anticipated as the "numb" tour.

    The controversy of increasing the number of US forces from 200 to 800, deployed in seven Colombian bases, under Colombian command, triggered a strong reaction from Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Ecuador's Rafael Correa. This forced President Uribe to a round of meetings with the other South American presidents.

    Actually some of the forces have relocated in Colombia from the Ecuadorian air base in Manta, following President Correa's decision not to grant an extension as the contract comes to an end. Manta was used for narcotics and drug plantations air surveillance.

    Earlier in his tour President Uribe met with Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez who reiterated two pillars of Uruguayan foreign policy in international affairs: non interference in internal affairs of states, but also Uruguay's position contrary to the establishment of foreign military bases not only in the country but in any other territory from Latinamerica.

    Furthermore President Vazquez called for a peaceful solution to controversies between states.

    President Uribe spent the night in Uruguay having flown in late Wednesday with some delay because of the intense fog. Late afternoon Uribe had met with Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo in Asuncion who expressed non interference in other states internal affairs and total respect for sovereign decisions.

    Chile and Peru stated their support to Colombia's sovereign decisions while Bolivia's Evo Morales was clearly against US personnel deployed in South America and blasted the Colombian FARC terrorists for helping justify the US military presence in South America.

    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was also critical, even when respectful of Colombia's sovereign decisions and the principle of non interference in internal affairs of other countries.

    However Argentina has always rejected foreign bases and foreign military personnel in the region and in the particular case of the US, Mrs. Kirchner recalled that Washington demands that its forces be exempt from prosecution.

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    • FORREST ALLEN BROWN

      JOAO
      No he and Lula have castro syndrom .

      every one is out to get them as they are so perfict .
      and there unions want them to rule for ever

    • João da Silva

      Forrest
      [quote]Caves buys russina military equipment and has new buddies from the middle east [/quote]

      Excuse me, Mr.Brown. Are you calling Chavez a Caveman? 😉 😀

    • asp

      its really funny how these countries dont want help in the cocaine wars…
      its like if they just leave it up to chaves, correa, morales and ortega, they can handle it…yeah ,right

      brazil should be combining with colombia in an aggressive way to contain farc…

      lets hear it for hypocracy

    • FORREST ALLEN BROWN

      LOOK AT IT THIS WAY
      Caves buys russina military equipment and has new buddies from the middle east !!!!!!!!!!!!
      Lula buys planes and tanks from eastern europ and has tyes with castro chavis morals zelay!!!!!!

      Coulmbia did not have to spend a dime just let the US have a very small spot there ,
      and give military advice ,and help with the drug army of the FARC

    • FORREST ALLEN BROWN

      why not most military personal
      from there own countries never go to jail for the killings of there own people so why should
      the US military be held to the fire o the same ruels.

      as we all know that they would never get a fair rule of law .

      The FARC is just not a coulmbia groupe they are well armed and funded and will work for
      any one whom pays them or go after any country trying to stop the drugs , and slave trafficing

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