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Thursday, May 10, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The US and Colombia have negotiated a trade free that has yet to be ratified by the US Congress. This is starting to cause a little tension with the Colombians.

As Bloomberg reports: Colombia May Rethink U.S. Ties Without Trade Deal, RCN TV Says

Colombia’s Vice President Francisco Santos said the government may rethink relations with the U.S. should the U.S. Congress fail to approve the two countries’ free trade accord, RCN Television reported in its online edition.

Santos’ comments came as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, in Colombia to meet with President Alvaro Uribe, pledged backing for the free trade deal, RCN reported.

Quite frankly, Santos’ comments are mostly bravado. Given the amount of money that the Colombians get from the US, it is rather unlikely that there will be any major “rethinking” of US-Colombian relations.

Indeed, to back my point is another report from Bloomberg: Uribe Orders Santos to Correct U.S. Comments, W Radio Reports :

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ordered Vice President Francisco Santos to correct his comments saying that the government may rethink relations with the U.S. should the U.S. Congress fail to approve the two countries’ free trade accord, Radio W reported.

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