Colombia Seeks Democratic Security

Published: Wednesday, 06/15/2005 12:00 am EDT

After reading the article "Courage Inside Colombia" (Embassy, June 8), your readers should have the right to know that Colombia seeks democratic security. For more than forty years, 44 million Colombians have suffered kidnappings, massacres, killings, forced displacements, and other atrocities at the hands of the terrorist groups operating here, fueled by the increasing narcotic drugs dependency of many in the world. A historical lack of assertion of authority from our institutions allowed that shameful abyss and exposed the courageous people of Colombia to a reign of intimidation, violence and terror.

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