Maite Rico Up To Old Tricks

Interesting to see Maite Rico (Co-author of Quien Mato al Obispo? with Bertrand de la Grange) continuing to court controversy and continuing as before in Guatemala and Mexico the now familiar habit of taking on popular political figures on the Left. What’s also interesting to note is how Latin American military institutions, more often than not, seem to come off favourably in Maite Rico’s investigations.

One thinks of the Mexican military in her co-authored book about subcommandante Marcos (Marcos, La Genial Impostura), the Guatemalan military in her book about the assassination of Bishop Gerardi, and now the Colombian military with her reports on the FARC supposedly operating from inside Ecuador as sanctioned by the Ecuadorian Government.

I spotted this in a Venezuela Information Centre Update:

‘El Pais’ meanwhile published a piece by their Bogotá correspondent Maite Rico in which she asserted that the FARC operate freely in Ecuador and that not only was there evidence of FARC drug trafficking but of their enjoying official Ecuadorian support (similar charges have been made elsewhere in the international media about Venezuela) and that all of this was witnessed by one OAS functionary who, Rico affirmed, expressed dismay. This has now been rebutted in a letter by José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS.

In this letter, Insulza says that such information – that a OAS functionary saw FARC guerrillas moving about freely and busily carrying out all sort of activities in the northern border of Ecuador with Colombia- was absolutely false, since the OAS does not have either special missions, nor functionaries of any kind, deployed in the north of Ecuador. Thus it is impossible that anybody in the OAS could have made such a statement. Insulza went on to say that they checked with OAS reps in Bogotá and Quito and nobody had spoken to Maite Rico.

Background

Respuesta de la OEA (El Pais): José Miguel Insulza (Secretario general de la OEA)

“La señora Maite Rico escribe: “Los guerrilleros se mueven por el norte de Ecuador en camionetas, como ha constatado un funcionario de la Organización de Estados Americanos, que expresaba en privado el desconcierto que le provocó cruzarse en corredores del área fronteriza con miembros de las FARC perfectamente pertrechados”.

Estoy en condiciones de asegurar a usted que tal afirmación es absolutamente falsa, ya que la OEA no tiene ni misiones especiales ni funcionarios de ningún nivel desplegados en la frontera norte de Ecuador, por lo que resulta imposible que algún funcionario de esta organización haya formulado tal declaración. Hemos consultado a los representantes de la organización en Quito y Bogotá y ninguno de ellos ha hecho declaraciones ni tenido contacto con la señora Rico.

En este contexto, es cuando menos sorprendente que un diario del prestigio del que usted dirige incurra en un error de esta categoría, que atenta contra la verdad, afecta el prestigio de un Gobierno y perjudica la gestión conciliadora de nuestra organización.

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