Colombia, Ecuador Reestablish Diplomatic Relations
By Dialogo November 13, 2009Colombia and Ecuador have restored diplomatic ties after nearly going to war in 2008 over clashes involving leftist rebels, Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said on Friday. "As planned in the roadmap, we have agreed to appoint our charges d'affaires," Bermudez told Radio Caracol. Both governments agreed earlier this month to appoint envoys to their respective embassies no later than November 15. The move was described in Quito as "a new step toward normalization of diplomatic relations," a statement said. Relations between the neighboring South American nations were shattered on March 1, 2008, when the Colombian military bombed a clandestine encampment run by Colombian FARC guerrillas in Ecuador, and diplomatic ties were severed two days later. FARC's number two Raul Reyes was killed in the raid, as well as 24 others.