10/26/2020

US troops in Colombia is a violation according 23 Colombian’s congressman

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US troops in Colombia is a violation according 23 Colombian’s congressman

On October 05, a group of 23 congressmen from the Colombian opposition presented a disciplinary complaint against the president, Iván Duque, to the House of Representatives Commission of Accusations, considering the presence of US troops in the country a violation.

According to the judicial appeal filed by the senators and representatives of the Polo Democrático, Alianza Verde, Decentes, FARC, Maís and Colombia Humana parties, Duque violated the Constitution, as he didn’t have the prior authorization of the Senate to allow the entry of the US Army.

The document explains that the head of state must be investigated for omitting his responsibilities as a public servant and not respecting the separation of powers.

Likewise, it refers that the Colombian president ignored the order of the Cundinamarca Court last July to suspend the activities of the mission of the US troops, until the Senate approved its implementation.

In this regard, Senator Jorge Robledo explained that Duque has kept the group of soldiers “illegally”, ignoring “the orders of the judges”, and warned that neither the president nor the Minister of Defense have the authority to violate the Constitution and the law.

“We filed a disciplinary complaint that must be taken seriously, because today a very serious thing is happening in Colombia and that is that there are foreign troops violating national sovereignty and the legality of Colombia to the extent that they are acting in this country” Robledo added.

800 Yankee soldiers are in Colombia without the Duque government having even requested authorization from the U.S. Congress. On the contrary, the military leadership is being put at the service of the U.S. troops, who will be in territories that have been ravaged by abandonment and armed conflict for four months.

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Without any hesitation, Admiral Craig Faller, commander in chief of the United States Southern Command, said: “The SFAB mission in Colombia is an opportunity to show our mutual commitment against drug trafficking and support for regional peace, respect for sovereignty and the lasting promise to defend shared ideals and values.

The U.S. soldiers are present in the so-called Future Zones, which were launched by the Duque government as a complement to the so-called Territorially Focused Development Programmes, TDPs, which are the result of the FARC demobilisation process. The Future Zones are: Pacífico Nariñense, Catatumbo, Bajo Cauca and southern Córdoba, Arauca and Chiribiquete.

The presence of the US military in these zones, which constitute 2.4% of the national territory, is a violation of sovereignty and a mockery of Colombian institutions and legislation, which states that the presence of foreign troops must have permission from the Colombian Congress.

Colombian “sovereignty”

There is no sovereignty in Colombia, but rather the country has a semi-colonial relationship with the United States. The U.S. Army owns 51 buildings in Colombia and leases 24 more, which add up to more than 50 thousand square meters. In addition, they act as “advisors” to the military leadership, when in fact they have them under their command.

The current mission of 800 military personnel will have under its command the joint task forces Hercules, Vulcano and Omega of the Colombian Military Forces, and will supposedly be in anti-narcotics operations, but recent events in which a mercenary action was planned to make an imperialist incursion into Venezuela, increase suspicions about the participation of the Colombian state in such action.

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Useless and dangerous

There is also fear among the population because of the treaties that prevent the prosecution of the U.S. military for their crimes. We must remember that in the Tolemaida base more than 50 girls were raped by US soldiers who today enjoy impunity in their country, without the Colombian Government having at least spoken out. Therefore, the presence of these troops not only violates sovereignty, but is a real danger to the women and girls of these territories, as well as being another threat to social fighters.

Additionally, the excuse with which they are brought in to fight drug trafficking falls apart when we know that it is the Colombian political class itself that runs that business and that the United States is the main consumer. The policies of forced eradication or persecution only increase the cost of drugs, increasing the profitability of the business and leaving a wave of death in its path. This “fight” is nothing more than an excuse to continue taking possession of territories in the semi-colonies and a provocation against neighboring Venezuela.