Ecuador president Rafael Correa Thursday asked Colombia’s largest
rebel group FARC to confirm or deny the authenticity of the video
wherein rebel commander ‘Mono Jojoy’ confirms the guerrillas gave money
to the 2006 campaign of Correa.
“I ask the FARC directly, publicly to say if the video is real or no, to say if they supported the campaign of Rafael Correa and say to whom they gave this money,” Reuters quoted the Ecuadorean Head of State.
“You can not discard that of the thousands of people who supported the Correa campaign … in 2006, someone spoke in favor of us and the FARC gave them money, but let them say it,” Correa said.
The Ecuadorean President added he is “tired” of Colombia’s “fantasies” regarding links between his government and the guerrillas.
The video has worsened the already strain relations between Colombia and Ecuador further and has put the Ecuadorean government in a difficult position. The Organization of American States and international police organization Interpol are investigating the tape. According to Colombia’s Prosecutor General, Mario Iguaran, there is enough evidence to prove Ecuador’s former Minister Gustavo Larrea and former presidential adviser Jose Chauvin were the FARC’s emissaries in the Correa administration.