Government asks court for US military pact ruling

The Colombian government on Monday asked the Constitutional Court to release the ruling in which it blocked a pact giving the U.S. access to Colombian military bases and airports.

Following remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs Frank Mora, who said that Washington still hopes for the approval of a military pact with its South American ally, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera told press that the government, two months after the ruling, still had not received the court document in which the ruling is explained.

Because of this, said Rivera, the government can not decide whether or not it can present the pact to Congress for ratification.

In the explanation of its ruling, the court said that the military pact is unconstitutional until approved by Congress. The administration of former President Alvaro Uribe refused to put the bill before Congress, claiming its content fell within the framework of existing agreements.

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