Former President Alvaro Uribe questioned Santos’ comment last week that Colombia’s largest guerrilla group no longer has camps in Venezuela. Guerrilla leaders may still be hiding out in Venezuela, Uribe said in an April 12 post to his Twitter account.
“It is very possible that guerrillas are still in Venezuela, no one has discarded that possibility," Santos said in a statement on the presidential website today. ‘‘We have the clear and resounding commitment from President Chavez not to permit terrorist camps in his territory and signs of goodwill with the capture and handing over of guerrillas.’’
Santos, who served as defense minister under Uribe, authorized the extradition of alleged drug kingpin Walid Makled to Venezuela April 13 after meeting with Chavez in Cartagena, even after pressure from U.S. lawmakers for Makled to be sent there for trial. President Barack Obama named Makled one of the U.S.’s most-wanted foreign drug-traffickers.
The extradition helped Santos, who took office from Uribe in August, patch up relations with Chavez after the socialist revolutionary halted trade between the two countries and warned of a possible war.
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