FLASHBACK: Mass grave site discovered next to American-controlled base — U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities Through Mass Graves

“That this grave was discovered just outside a Colombian military base overseen by U.S. military advisers — the U.S. having around 600 military advisers in that country — is especially troubling, and raises serious questions about the U.S.’s own conduct in that country.”

Teresa Bo
Al Jazeera English
August 7, 2010

Deep in the jungles of Colombia, a recently discovered mass grave is casting a shadow over the legacy of Alvaro Uribe, the country’s outgoing president.

People in La Macarena say the military is responsible for the bodies buried there – up to 2,000 of them, according to human rights groups.

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The Colombian military has been accused previously of killing thousands of poor young men and women to increase their body count during the conflict with the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

RELATED: Juan Manuel Santos sworn in as Colombian president

BBC News
August 7, 2010

Juan Manuel Santos has been sworn in as the new president of Colombia.

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In his inaugural speech, Mr Santos said that mending relations with neighbours Ecuador and Venezuela would be one of his government’s main priorities.

In response, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would like to meet “face-to-face” with Mr Santos.

Mr Santos also told Colombia’s left-wing rebel groups the door to dialogue was open, but they would have to renounce violence first.

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