The lack of willingness to negotiate remains the main obstacle to resolving the kidnapping of the Ecuadorian couple held by the Oliver Sinisterra front, led by the dissident of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Walter Patricio Arizala Vernaza, aka “Guacho “
“We have not had contact, exactly eight days of not having contact with the kidnappers,” Interior Minister César Navas said in Guayaquil after the inauguration of two Community Policing Units (UPC) in the south of Guayaquil the afternoon of this Tuesday.
The official stressed that the relatives of the plagiarized couple are receiving all the support. “In the investigation process, we have linked the facts about how it was and under what circumstances the kidnapping occurred,” he said.
At the same time, the official said, the governments of Colombia and Ecuador are working on a humanitarian process that will allow us to bring Katty Velasco and Óscar Villacís alive, and recover the bodies of the El Comercio newspaper workers’ team.
Navas insisted that the first scenario before the crisis on the northern border is the negotiation with the narco-guerrillas. “We will continue working with the Unase (Anti-kidnapping and Extortion Unit) and the Gaula group (Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom) of Colombia.”
On the deadline that President Moreno gave to capture “Guacho”, the minister said Ecuador will continue to look for him to pay for his sentences, outside any time, Navas asked Colombia to assume its role in the face of the problem, beyond the issue of security. “There must be a real commitment to combat this problem (. ..) there must be an integral development of the border. “He did not deny that the presence of the Colombian State on the border has improved and emphasized the implementation of the Atlas plan or campaign to have presence in the departments of Nariño and Putumayo, which It would take them 10 years, he reiterated that Ecuador and Colombia are working to break the economic structures of the narco-guerrillas, who have been affected by more than $ 600’000.0000. (I)