Nicaragua Latest to Sever Ties Over Colombia Raid

Ortega, citing 'political terrorism,' follows lead of Ecuador, Venezuela
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2008 7:05 PM CST
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks during a news conference alongside his Ecuadorean counterpart, Rafael Correa in Managua, Thursday, March 6, 2008. Ortega announced that Nicaragua is breaking...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nicaragua cut diplomatic ties with Bogota today, ratcheting up the political tension in the wake of Colombia's raid into Ecuador to kill rebels, the BBC reports. Calling Sunday's incursion an act of "political terrorism," President Daniel Ortega followed the lead of Ecuador and Venezuela, which have already severed relations and moved troops along the Colombian border.

Ortega made the announcement with Ecuadorean leader Rafael Correa—who's touring Latin America to drum up international condemnation of Colombia's actions—at his side, the BBC reports. The Organization of American States yesterday ruled that Colombia had violated international law; Venezuela's Hugo Chavez called the raid a "war crime."