Colombia says ‘no’ to US bases

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Sun, 04 Oct 2009 15:44:31 GMT

Amid reports of a deal reached for the establishment of US military bases in Colombia, the country’s foreign minister says there is no need for more American personnel.

In an effort to reassure other South American countries, Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez told the BBC that Colombia seeks only “information, technology, intelligence” in the form of military cooperation with the US.

“We don’t need personnel, we need more information, technology, intelligence – that’s the key issue… Those who fight best in Colombia are our own soldiers. We don’t need American soldiers to do this.”

“We are not going to have American bases in Colombia. Today we have 71 military personnel from the US,” Bermudez said.

His remarks come as South American nations feel threatened by what is considered as ‘suspicious intentions’ of their northern neighbor.

He, however, said while it is important for his country to stay in good relation with its neighbors, especially Venezuela, Colombia appreciates US help.

The minister said the US has been helping Colombia in fighting “narco-traffickers and terrorists.”

h/t: CLG

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3 thoughts on “Colombia says ‘no’ to US bases

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  2. There’s a certain truth to the first comment; however, presidents in Colombia only serve one six year term. Who is next in lie after Uribe is more important. Colombia has been a quagmire for over 50 years. The US ad the large multinational need to get out of the country so that they can work their problems out. Of course, that won’t happen because Colommbia has large petroleum reserves.

    The best thing that could happen to Columbia, the rest of Latin America and to US foreighn policy is a full disclosure of hwat the CIA and the Department of War hae been up to since then end of WWIII.

  3. So Uribe has chosen to play the dangerous game and become merely “a” dictator instead of “our” dictator.

    Now here’s a prediction: that he goes the way of Hussein, bin Laden, and Noriega.

    FARC will suddenly become “more powerful”, nose candy will start flooding into the US, Uribe will be blamed but until he crosses the line and stops playing nicely with his CIA mafia friends, there will always be a willingness to assign the blame to Chavez and Venezuela. If he really pisses off the CIA a coup will be facilitated, and a more US friendly puppet dictator will be installed. That’s the BushCo formula that’s been used against Central and South America since Panama in the 1960s.

    WHINSEC graduates, both foreign and American, are going to be all over this.

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