Colombia’s president authorizes the activities of US troops in the South American country, after they were suspended by order of a court.
The Colombian Defense Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, reported this Thursday that President Iván Duque ordered the resumption of the mission of “advice, cooperation and training” of a unit of the US Army, after approval in this regard. “More than the absolute majority” of the Senate.
According to Trujillo, the Government complied with sending the Senate the complete report on the work that the brigade would carry out in Colombia and then 69 senators from different political parties confirmed that they had reviewed the document in a “satisfactory manner.”
“More than the absolute majority of the Senate told the President of the Senate that this is a matter of military cooperation that doesn’t involve troop transit. (They also said) that it is imperative that the Republic of Colombia can continue with all the actions that are necessary in the fight against the drug trafficking chain, ”the Colombian minister explained.
Trujillo has also indicated that the “53 US soldiers” that make up this brigade “began again on July 20” their tasks to combat drug trafficking in five military units and “has nothing to do with Venezuela.”
This, while, at the beginning of July, when 48 members of the Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB, for its acronym in English) were already in Colombia, the Administrative Court of Cundinamarca ordered the Duque Government to suspend activities of that unit when failing a guardianship (appeal for protection) of a group of congressmen.
After knowing the presidential order, several congressmen have rejected the explanation of Trujillo and have denounced that the authorization of the Congress on the presence of the North American troops in Colombia “did not exist”.
Senator Roy Barreras has assured that the communication referred to by the Minister of Defense “was a letter prepared in the Presidency of the Republic and signed only by the then president of the Senate, Lidio García. It was never voted. It was never decided in Congress. ”
Likewise, Senator Iván Cepeda has questioned Duque’s authorization of the presence of US troops in Colombia. “By circumventing the decision of a judge of the Republic on the presence of US troops in Colombia, the Defense Minister, Carlos Holmes, has violated the law and the Constitution. He is a prevaricator. We will proceed accordingly, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Since last April, the Administration of US President Donald Trump reported the sending of forces from their country to Colombia, various political forces have denounced that this foreign presence is related to the efforts of the White House to end the Government of Venezuela , headed by Nicolás Maduro.