[DEBATE] : US looks at Colombia for military base
Riaz K Tayob
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Tue Apr 14 12:45:46 BST 2009
US looks at Colombia for military base
Monday, 13 April 2009
The United States confirms it is looking into the possibilities of moving its
military capacity to Colombia after the closing of its base off the coast of
"I am not going to deny that we are talking about this possibility," U.S.
Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield stated.
He went on to say that the United States is not looking for a new
partnership with Colombia, but seeks to build on the existing relationship.
"Colombia and the United States are working together in efforts against
illegal drug trafficking and international crime. Part of that collaboration,
without a doubt, calls for access to military bases in both countries, which
requires an adjustment," Brownfield said.
Nevertheless, the air base will continue to be under Colombia´s control and
jurisdiction, he assured.
This consideration in Washington echoes a statement made March 3 by
Colombia´s Minister of Defense offering the United States the option to
expand its facilities in some of the military bases in the area.
Since 2000 the U.S. has contributed a total of US$5.5 billion in economic
and military help in Colombia's fight against drug trafficking and leftist
guerrillas. The Ecuadorean Government want the U.S. air base -- used for
the drug war -- out of Ecuador by November.
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