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Ecuador Says Correa Not Accusing U.S. of Aiding ‘Corrupt’ Police

September 30, 2011

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Ecuador’s government said newspapers distorted and took out of context comments by President Rafael Correa that the U.S. has financed corrupt police forces in the South American nation.

Quito-based newspaper Diario Hoy reported yesterday that Correa accused the U.S. of funding police forces in Ecuador, citing an interview he gave to Venezuela-based Telesur network.

“There is a group that is still very bad, very corrupt, that wants to return to the past, financed by the government of the United States, and this we won’t permit,” Correa said, according to a transcript of the yesterday’s interview broadcast by Telesur and reproduced in a statement by Ecuador’s Production Ministry.

In the same interview, Correa said he had no evidence that the U.S. was involved in a police uprising against his government a year ago and that his relations with the vast majority of the nation’s forces are excellent. Those comments were not included in the story published by Diario Hoy.

The Production Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today that the national and international media “distorted” and took out of context Correa’s comments to Telesur.

The president’s comments came as the U.S. and Ecuador are trying to patch up relations after Correa in April expelled the previous American ambassador to Quito, Heather Hodges, over a State Department cable published by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks alleging corruption in the country’s police force.

Three weeks ago, the two nations nominated new ambassadors. Adam Namm is awaiting confirmation by the Senate to become the next ambassador while Nathalie Cely, who is currently Production Minister, will be Correa’s next envoy to Washington.

--Editors: Joshua Goodman

To contact the reporter on this story: Nathan Gill in Quito at ngill4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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