June 04, 2008
MEDELLIN, Colombia -- The three-day Organization of American States meeting ended Tuesday with little controversy other than a final-day attack by Venezuela against the United States.
''The biggest news is that there was no news,'' a relieved OAS General Secretary José Miguel Insulza told The Miami Herald.
He said Colombia and Ecuador had made progress in reestablishing diplomatic ties.
Insulza also said the OAS would follow up on Ecuador's request to investigate an Interpol report last month that concluded the Colombian government had not tampered with computer discs, which Colombia says show secret assistance by Venezuela and Ecuador for FARC rebels.
The OAS also announced that the Fifth Summit of the Americas will take place from April 17-19 next year in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro repeated past accusations that the United States is sowing division within Latin America, and he called once again on the Bush administration to extradite Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela.
Posada lives in Miami and is wanted in Venezuela on charges that he bombed a Cuban passenger liner in 1976. He has denied the charge.
Maduro said the United States has been carrying out a campaign ``to fill the region with violence.''
Maduro was reacting particularly to a remark the day before by U.S. Deputy Secretary John Negroponte while answering a question from a reporter about the FARC, known in English as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
''I don't think there's any doubt that the FARC have sought sanctuary on Venezuelan soil,'' Negroponte had said.
``Those in a position to do something about that need to think about the long-term bilateral relationships between the two countries and whether it's really in their interest to allow that type of situation to continue.''
Peruvian Foreign Minister José Antonio García said Venezuela's verbal attack on the United States didn't surprise him.
''It wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last time,'' he said.