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Published:March 9th, 2008 06:55 EST
Correa delays restoration of Columbian Diplomatic Relations

Correa delays restoration of Columbian Diplomatic Relations

By SOP newswire

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa says he will not immediately restore diplomatic relations with neighboring Colombia.

During his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Correa said it is going to take time to re-establish diplomatic ties, which Ecuador severed last week.

Friday, Mr. Correa and the presidents of Colombia and Venezuela settled a week-long crisis that brought the three nations to the brink of military action.

Tensions began to build after Colombian forces attacked Colombian FARC rebels inside Ecuador last week, killing a key leader of the powerful leftist rebel group.

Ecuador and Venezuela responded by taking diplomatic action against Colombia and sending troops along their borders with Colombia.

The three presidents agreed to peacefully end the dispute after meeting at a summit of Latin American leaders in the Dominican Republic.

After the summit, Venezuelan President President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba for the first time since his friend, Fidel Castro, turned over power to his younger bother Raul last month.

Cuba's Communist newspaper, Granma, reported that President Raul Castro received Mr. Chavez Friday night.

The Cuban government did not release an agenda of Mr. Chavez' visit.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.