Friday, October 23, 2009

Colombian defense minister: most drug flights originate in Venezuela

Most of illicit flights at the service of drug traffic in direction to Central America and the United States come from Venezuela, reported Colombia's Defense Minister Gabriel Silva, causing renewed controversy.

The remarks made by the Colombian official could reactivate the discussion on the subject between the governments of Bogotá and Caracas, which are undergoing a diplomatic crisis that has started to harm bilateral trade, Reuters reported.

"The number of flights found going from Colombia is very marginal nowadays. Unfortunately, most of the flights found and ending in the area of Honduras, as confirmed with the aircraft that arrived there, go through Venezuelan territory," Silva told reporters.

The official made reference to a complaint from the de factor Honduras government about the landing of a Venezuelan freighter filled with drugs, early this week.

- El Universal  (Venezuela)

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