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Colombia's Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva and the country's Vice President Francia Márquez. Twitter of @AlvaroLeyva.
Colombia's Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva and the country's Vice President Francia Márquez. Photo: Twitter- @AlvaroLeyva.

"What Daniel Ortega has done is barbaric," decries Colombian Foreign Minister

On Friday, Sept. 9, Alvaro Leyva said the President of Nicaragua "has treated his opponents with kicks."

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In addition to the strong words Alvaro Leyva held for Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, the Colombian Foreign Minister also said that Colombia will censure Nicaragua in Geneva.

"We will sign a resolution condemning the violation of human rights there," Leyva said.

"We are not going to stand idly by," he continued. "The Colombian state and President Petro clearly state that in no way are we with Mr. Ortega."

Leyva explained in an interview with W radio that the decision to leave the chair empty in the OAS session on Aug. 12 was due to strategic reasons based in humanitarian and not ideological concerns.

"The window of opportunity for a major humanitarian action in Nicaragua coincided with the vote that day," he said.

Regarding the fishing of the Raizal communities of San Andres in waters that the Hague Court declared Nicaraguan, Leyva said "it was an absolutely humanitarian reason."

"They wanted to mix it with the litigation with Nicaragua, but the imprisoned bishop has nothing to do with the decisions of the International Court of Justice," he said.

He argued that President Gustavo Petro could intercede with Daniel Ortega to achieve a common purpose, however, he expressed Petro's concern for detainees in Nicaragua.

According to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, there are 180 political prisoners incarcerated in inhumane conditions in Nicaragua and currently Ortega has not yielded on requests for their release. 

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