The Organization of American States (OAS) says it did not receive the full
version of the video wherein FARC commander ‘Mono Jojoy’ confirms the
rebels financially supported the 2006 campaign of Ecuadorean President
According to OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, the video that Colombia sent to the OAS misses the beginning.
“At the beginning of the video there is a part missing” before the part where ‘Mono Jojoy’ speaks about supporting the Correa presidential campaign, Insulza told reporters in Washington. “I prefer [Colombia] to hand it completely to form a better judgment,” the Secretary General added.
Nevertheless, the video is clear enough for Insulza. “The man says what they say he says. I suppose it is possible to verify the video is authentic, which does not necessarily mean that twhat is said in the video is authentic,” the OAS chief said.
Colombia’s Defense Minister Freddy Padilla denies Colombia sent an edited video and assures the video “is complete.”
“The original video is complete. The media edited it, because originally it lasts an hour,” Padilla said.
The video, sent by Colombia to both the OAS and international police organization Interpol, has further increased tensions with southern neighbor Ecuador, with who Colombia has strain relations after an attack on an Ecuador-based FARC camp in March 2008.
Ecuador accuses Colombia of allowing its conflict to spill over the border, while Colombia accuses Ecuador of supporting terrorism.