"I think that the action yesterday (Monday) of the Venezuelan government in sending to Colombia a guerrilla member of the FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces) shows that we can work together," Colombian Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín said on Tuesday in leaving the second meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Foreign Ministers
Colombia's Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín thanked on Tuesday Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez for the extradition of the alleged leader of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) Joaquín Pérez Becerra and deemed it a "proof" that both countries can work together.
"I think that the action yesterday (Monday) of the Venezuelan government in sending to Colombia a guerrilla member of the FARC shows that we can work together," Holguín told reporters, as quoted by Efe.
Pérez Becerra, the alleged FARC "chancellor" in Europe and the editor of a news agency which spreads information on the FARC, was delivered up to Colombian authorities by the Venezuelan government after his capture last weekend at the Maiquetía international airport.
"We are convinced that the relationship with Venezuela is well on its way and we will keep on going that way," said the minister, who is attending in Caracas the Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development (Lacsid).
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."