United States Army Security Assistance Force, made up of 800 soldiers, will arrive in Colombia in June, according to a joint statement issued by the US Embassy in Bogotá and the country’s Ministry of National Defense.
The military will arrive on Colombian to advance in the alleged “fight against drug trafficking”, Telesur says.
Various personalities of nation have classified the arrival of foreign troops as unconstitutional without the express authorization of the Senate, and show their concern about the possible scenarios of confrontation on the border with Venezuela, which may be considered a provocation by the neighboring nation.
“The caucus in the Congress of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force Party (FARC) rejects the presence of US troops in our country. This threatens national sovereignty and, furthermore, is unconstitutional, since this must be authorized or not by the Senate, not by the President, “the organization said in a statement.
The presence of United States military personnel in that country is associated with the prostitution of minors, rapes of women, and other criminal acts. In 2015, the historian Renán Vega denounced, in the report he presented to the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims, that 53 women had been raped by US uniformed personnel stationed at the Tolemaida base.
The US has six other facilities like that on Colombian: Palanquero, Apiay, Bahía Málaga, Malambo, Larandia and Cartagena. Furthermore, the cooperation agreements signed between the two countries allow the presence of foreign contractors, a figure that is unknown.
What does the arrival of an elite force in Colombia mean now? Why just after the arrival of the Iranian tankers? Why after the failure of the mercenary armed incursion against Venezuela? Whatever they say, the announcement puts new fuel on the aggressive stake against the homeland of Bolívar and Chávez.