COLOMBIA GAINS GROUND IN ANDEAN STANDOFF by ProQuest

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After Venezuela and Ecuador sent troops to their borders with Colombia, in response to Colombia's attack on FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels within Ecuadorian territory on March 1, it appears the government in Bogota may be the "war's" ultimate winner. Threats of attacks not only allowed Colombia to state its case against FARC rebels in the global media but also convinced US president George W. Bush to push legislators in Washington to approve a US-Colombia free trade agreement (FTA) that has been stalled for two years.

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