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SUBJECT: Letter from Ecuador's President Correa Regarding the U.S. -
Colombia Defense Cooperation Agreement

REF: STATE 121858

1. The Embassy received under cover of a dip...


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UNCLAS QUITO 001206

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL EC
SUBJECT: Letter from Ecuador's President Correa Regarding the U.S. -
Colombia Defense Cooperation Agreement

REF: STATE 121858

1. The Embassy received under cover of a diplomatic note a letter
from President Rafael Correa, responding to the Secretary's letter
dated November 25, 2009, regarding the U.S. - Colombia Defense
Cooperation Agreement. The text of the letter follows, and the
original will be sent by pouch to WHA/AND.

(Begin text)

Quito, December 4, 2009

Mrs.

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State of the United States of America

Mrs. Secretary,

I am thankful for the contents of your November 25 letter regarding
the Cooperation Agreement on Defense between the United States of
America and Colombia, and the reassurances that it will be
implemented in accordance with international law and respecting the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries.

In this regard, I am sending you the text of the Resolution
approved on November 27 by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the
Ministers of Defense of the Union of South American Nations -
UNASUR- about Trust and Security Actions. At that time, the
decision of the UNASUR Chief of States and Government to strengthen
South America as a peace zone was ratified.

Additionally, by confirming that UNASUR is the appropriate forum,
we extend an invitation to the Government of the United States of
America to maintain a dialogue with the purpose of addressing
topics of vital importance to the region, on a date and in a place
to be agreed upon via diplomatic channels, through the Pro Tempore
Presidency exercised by Ecuador.

Sincerely,

(Signed)

Rafael Correa Delgado

President of the Republic of Ecuador

Pro Tempore President of the Union of South American Nations

(End text)
HODGES

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