Ecuadorean Military Personnel Destroyed 126 FARC Bases during 2010
By Dialogo January 18, 2011
The Ecuadorean Armed Forces dismantled 126 clandestine bases of the FARC Colombian guerrilla group during 2010, as part of operations in which three irregulars were killed, according to a report by the institution published on Monday, 17 January.
Ecuadorean military personnel destroyed 61 fewer camps than in 2009, but the average number of discoveries in the border region in recent years was maintained, according to the report by the Joint Command, made public by the daily El Universo.
The bases were discovered in the provinces of Sucumbíos and Esmeraldas, it added.
Last year’s vigilance actions in the 720-km border territory translated into 12 military operations, 207 tactical operations, and 5,687 patrols, in which around seven thousand uniformed personnel participated each month.
Three alleged irregulars were killed in these deployments, and another eighteen people were detained. At the same time, five combat engagements took place, eight cocaine-processing laboratories were discovered, and ammunition and explosives were confiscated, the report specified.
The commander of Task Force I, Gen. Wagner Bravo, who is responsible for security along the border, affirmed that 2010 was an “effective” year “in military vigilance,” despite the difficulties of the area, the majority of which is jungle.
“The border is more than seven hundred kilometers of jungle. We would need to have a soldier for every meter in order to be able to cover it. Nevertheless, (the discoveries) also represent the work of the Armed Forces,” the officer told El Universo.