The crisis over Colombia’s cross-border raid into Ecuador is over after the presidents of the two countries shook hands at a regional summit.
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who had backed Ecuador’s Rafael Correa in condemning Colombia’s actions, also embraced Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe.
Presidentes Uribe, Chavez, Ortega y Correa se aprietan la mano y alivian grave crisis diplomática Presidents Uribe (Colombia), Chavez (Venezuela), Ortega (Nicaragua) and Correa (Ecuador) shake hands and ease the grave diplomatic crisis.
Colombian daily El Tiempo is reporting that the four leaders shook hands at the urging of Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, and agreed to a dialogue and reaching a political solution to the crisis. Earlier in the day, they had engaged in a heated argument.
Uribe also agreed to withdraw Colombia’s complaint against Venezuela in the International Criminal Court.
Reuters just posted the item.
Now the leaders of all the countries involved will be able to enjoy the weekend.
UPDATE, Saturday 8 March
Alvaro Uribe keeps outchavezing Hugo Chavez, along with video of Uribe shaking hands,
Uribe scores big.