Unasur Defense Council to debate on military bases in Colombia

Caracas, Sept 08.- Aiming at analyzing the United States military bases in Colombian territory, the Defense Council of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) is to meet in Quito next September 15, confirmed on Tuesday the Ecuadorean Defense Minister, Javier Ponce.

According to the information released by the Bolivian Information Agency (ABI), the Ecuadorean official expressed that it would be beneficial that the Colombian Defense Minister comes to the next meeting, called for next Tuesday Sept. 15.

Quito broke relations with Colombia on March 03 2008 as a protest against the Colombian military attack to a guerrilla camp clandestinely settled in Ecuador, in an area close to the border.

During the recent Unasur Presidential Summit, which took place in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, the Heads of State agreed that their Defense Ministers and Foreign Ministers will meet on September so as to tackle with the Colombian issue, which raised concern among the presidents.

Ecuador exerts now the Unasur pro tempore presidency. The foreign Ministers of the member countries of this body will meet in a date still to be determined in order to analyze the recommendations of the political, defense and social councils.

The Unasur Defense Council aims at devising measures to boost the confidence and security in the region.


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