Colombia seals deal on US use of military bases…Posted: August 15, 2009
BOGOTA (AFP) – Colombia says it has struck a deal with the United States allowing Washington to use its military bases in a move that has drawn angry fire from governments across Latin America.
“This agreement reaffirms the commitment of both parties in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism,” Colombia’s foreign ministry said in a statement Friday.
Officials here said the two countries agreed the text of an agreement, which now has to be reviewed by government agencies in Bogota and Washington before getting a final signature.
The controversial deal would permit the US military to operate surveillance aircraft from seven bases to track drug-running boats in the Pacific Ocean.
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