The Colombian president regretted that his Brazilian counterpart has ignored the threat posed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to his country
Colombia's President Álvaro Uribe said on Thursday that he "deplores" the fact that Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva described the crisis between Colombia and Venezuela "personal matter," and that Lula is ignoring the "threat" that the presence of Colombia guerrillas deployed in Venezuelan territory represents.
"President Lula is overlooking our efforts to seek solutions based on dialogue. With all due respect for President Lula and the Brazilian government, we repeat that the only solution accepted by Colombia is that the presence of the FARC and ELN (National Liberation Army) terrorists in Venezuelan territory can not be allowed," said Uribe in a statement, as reported by AFP.
Uribe's remarks came in response to Lula's claims on on Wednesday that he planned to talk to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Uribe and president-elect Juan Manuel Santos to help ease tensions between Colombia and Venezuela after the rupture of relations.
The Brazilian president is expected to visit Chávez in Caracas next August 6. The following day he is expected to attend the inauguration of Santos.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."