The OAS's condemnation of Colombia's raid into Ecuador is justified on both legal + pragmatic grounds. With any luck, this scolding will satisfy both Ven. + eucador and obviate any need for violently lashing out (as Chavez has been threatening this past week.) If the OAS were an impartial body that evenhandedly condemned international law violations, however, the OAS might have also condemned Ecuador + Ven. for their cozy relationship to the FARC ... which arguably flouts UN Security Council Resolution 1,373:
all States shall: (a) Prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts ... (b) Criminalize the wilful provision or collection, by any means, directly or indirectly, of funds ... ... (c) Deny safe haven to those who finance, plan, support, or commit terrorist acts, or provide safe havens ...
COMMUNIQUE FOUND ON RAUL REYES’ COMPUTER - LETTER ADDRESSING CRITICAL ISSUES WITH ECUADOR TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE FARC’S SECRETARIAT Secre13 February 28th, 2008 Secretariat Comrades, Greetings, ... 2- I summarize my recent conversation with President Correa’s emissary: ... e) He wants to explain the purpose of Plan Ecuador, which aims to counteract the damaging effects of Plan Colombia and which would be applied on the border. f) For Plan Ecuador they are asking us for mass organization courses for the border natives. Those whom later will be commissioned by the government to coordinate the border work with the FARC. With the advantage that some of this people, are part of the Clandestine or participate in the Bi-National Committee guided by the state. ... 4- According to our conversation with the emissary, Chavez-Correa relations are not at their best, besides this Uribe frequently calls Correa asking him to help narrowing the acrimony with Chavez. Besides the Colombian Ambassador, Uribe has located another official in Quito, whose mission is to lobby Correa and his government team, asking for help in the fight against the FARC and the relations improvement with Chavez. 6- The gringos asked for an appointment with the minister to ask him to tell us about their interest in talking about the topics. They say their new president will be Obama, and they are interested in his countrymen. Obama will not support Plan Colombia nor will sign the FTA. We responded that we are interested in having relations with all governments on equal conditions and in the case of the United States it will require a public statement expressing their interest in talking with the FARC because of their eternal war against us. That’s it, Hugs Raúl
January 18th, 2008 Secretariat Comrades, Fraternal Greetings. 1-I think is time to launch the proposal by Comrade JE to request the government of Venezuela, to receive the prisoners held by both sides, until the final exchange between the continents is signed. This proposal will give Chavez a greater role and will drown the unworkable pressure to allow visits to the sick prisoners after the bell rang by the survival evidences. Besides it will strengthen Chavez’s bold recognition of belligerency to FARC and the ELN that caused such phobia and confusion in Uribe, oligarchies and empires.... 2- We attended a visit by the Minister of Security of Ecuador, Gustavo Larrea, who will be called Juan hereafter, who in the name of the president Correa brought greetings to Comrade Manuel and the Secretariat. He described as follows: 1- Interest of the president to formalize relations with the leadership of the FARC through Juan. 2- Disposition for coordinating social activities to help the inhabitants of the border strip. Information exchange and control of paramilitary crime in their territory. 3- They are willing to change their Armed Forces commanders who show hostile behavior towards the communities and civilians in the area, for which they request our contribution with information. ... 6- They will sue the State and Government of Colombia before the International Court based on the harmful effects of the Plan Colombia cocaine spraying. 7- Next year they will cancel the American license on the Manta base. ... 12- They would give documentation and protection to one of our men, so he can work relationships on their country, which in his view should be discrete due to the risks of capture or assassination by Uribe’s agents. ... We thank their offerings and support to the mission organized by Chavez. On his request, he was told that it corresponds to the Secretariat to respond later. (…) Hugs, Raul