Ecuador Highlights Good Relationship with Colombia

By Dialogo
December 13, 2010

On 9 December, Ecuadorean Security Minister Miguel Carvajal highlighted his country’s good relations with neighboring Colombia following the March 2008 diplomatic rupture between the two countries, at the same time that he underlined the level of ties with Peru.

“The level of relations with Colombia is very fluid; a significant level of trust has been recovered, has been rebuilt,” the minister told Radio Quito.
He added that “Ecuador has still not named an ambassador, but I believe that this will be resolved in the next few days.”

Quito broke off ties with Bogotá as a consequence of a Colombian military attack on a clandestine base of the FARC guerrilla group in Ecuadorean territory, on 1 March 2008, which killed twenty-five people, including rebel leader Raúl Reyes.

Ties were reestablished at the chargé d’affaires level twenty-one months later.

On 26 November, after declaring the full normalization of diplomatic relations, the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and his Ecuadorean counterpart, Rafael Correa, announced that ambassadors would soon be named. Bogotá has already announced the designation of Fernando Arboleda as its representative in Quito.

At the same time, Carvajal highlighted his country’s good relations with Peru.

“Relations with Peru during these last three years have been exceptionally good (…) there are economic initiatives, integration initiatives,” the minister said, adding that the two nations are coordinating aspects of security to counter transnational gangs active in connection with drug trafficking.

“There exists a readiness of the two presidents (Correa and his Peruvian counterpart, Alan García) to review the number of personnel we have on the borders and move toward a demilitarization policy,” he noted.

Peru and Ecuador signed a peace agreement in Brasilia in October 1998, putting an end to a long-standing territorial dispute that sparked several armed conflicts, the most recent in 1995.