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Nicaragua Cuts Ties With Colombia After Ecuador Attack


Nicaragua has cut diplomatic ties with Colombia in response to a Colombian military attack on rebels inside Ecuador. VOA's Brian Wagner has this report from Miami.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced the decision during a visit by his Ecuadorean counterpart Rafael Correa to Managua.

Mr. Ortega said Nicaragua joins in solidarity with Ecuador and Venezuela, which also have cut ties with Colombia after Saturday's raid that killed more than 20 leftist militants.

The Nicaraguan leader accused Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe of using the military to carry out political terrorism.

Mr. Ortega said Nicaragua was cutting ties with Colombia because of repeated military threats by Colombia.

Wednesday, Nicaragua's ambassador to the Organization of American States criticized a resolution that said the Colombian attack was a violation of Ecuador's sovereignty. Colombia and Ecuador said they were satisfied with the resolution. The Nicaraguan diplomat said the 34-nation group should pass a measure formally condemning Colombia for the cross-border attack.

Nicaragua also has criticized Colombia's naval forces for their actions in a dispute over maritime claims in the Caribbean. In December, the Hague-based International Court of Justice ruled that three disputed islands belonged to Colombia.

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