Foreign Ministers Meet To Restore Colombia-Ecuador Relations

By Dialogo
August 30, 2010

Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin and her Ecuadorean counterpart Ricardo Patiño met in a location on the border between the two countries on August 26.

Aimed at restoring the diplomatic relations between the countries, broken since March 2008, the topics of discussion included border security, and the infrastructure’s development of energy and communications, reported Xinhua.

But Colombian Ambassador to Quito Ricardo Montenegro told the media that the Foreign Ministers would also drive cultural agreements forward. He added that Colombian Culture Minister Mariana Garces would propose turning custom houses into centers of bi-national culture, said the same report.

Within the topic of infrastructure, the Foreign Ministers planned to discuss the possibility of developing hydroelectric plants in areas surrounding the Chiles Volcano, located in the Carchi province of Ecuador, said Xinhua.

The neighboring South American countries broke off relations after tensions between former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa heightened in 2008. In 2009, the relations were restored only at a business level.

After newly-inaugurated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took office, he had a meeting with Correa on August 7 to discuss the full restoration of their ties.