Military asks private industry not to abandon Colombia over FARC ‘terrorism’
“Military commander Admiral Edgar Cely asked private industry not to abandon Colombia after the kidnappings of four Chinese oil workers and assures that increasing terrorist acts by the FARC are signs of desperation.
“What we ask of the businesses of exploitation [oil and mining] is to follow safety guidelines in these areas. With much pleasure we will mount schemes to protect them,” said Cely in an interview with Caracol Radio, who also indicated that the army is pressuring the guerrillas who kidnapped the Chinese contractors.
On Tuesday the military issued a warning to foreigners living in rural areas of Colombia to consult the military authorities before traveling to ensure that certain zones are free of guerrilla presence.”