The above headline should surprise no-one at all. However in light of news today of FARC attacks on Columbian officials attempting to deal with illegal Coca crops, I felt this needs attention, that Venezuela is now effectivly using FARC as an anti Columbian proxy military force.
Sweden has expressed concern over revelations that Swedish weapons, sold to Venezuela, have found their way into the hands of Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels.
The Swedish government demanded explanations from the Venezuelan authorities on Monday over reports indicating that Swedish-made anti-tank rocket launchers have been discovered in an arms cache belonging to anti-government Colombian fighters known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Speaking on the recent development, Jens Eriksson, a Swedish government advisor told reporters, “We have asked the officials of the government of Venezuela to give us information on how they believe this material was found in Colombia.”
“We have it confirmed that a small amount of (defense) material made in Sweden has been found in a FARC camp,” he went on to say.
Authorities of the Saab Bofors company that produced the weapons say that the arms were sold under accords that prohibit the resale of weapons.
Commenting on the recent event, Saab Bofors’ Chief Executive, Tomas Samuelsson said on Monday, “All countries that we export to have to sign an ‘end user’ certificate otherwise export will not be permitted. Unfortunately, sometimes a weapon shows up where it shouldn’t be but that is very rare. When that happens, it is normally theft.”
Sweden’s claim drew ire from Venezuelan authorities, with its Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami condemning Sweden’s account as a ‘new attack’ on Venezuela.
Sweden maintains that the arms purchased by the leftist Hispanic nation should not land in the territories held by South America’s oldest Communist rebels who fight against the central government in Colombia.
Colombian officials fear that the weapons might be used to strengthen anti-government campaigns launched by the FARC guerrillas.
Venezuela, though, has on different occasions denied helping the far-left rebels who have been fighting the central government in Colombia for around 45 years.
Colombia: FARC Militants Attack Colombian Soldiers, Civilians
July 28, 2009
An attack by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on a boat traveling down a river in Choco department, Colombia, has left five dead, five injured and up to 10 missing, El Tiempo reported July 28, citing reports from several local media sources. FARC militants used assault rifles in the attack, which sunk the boat carrying Colombian soldiers and civilians that were going to eradicate illegal coca crops.