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Defiant as Presidential Visit Nears

Liberation Army (ELN) military leader Gabinoublic assertion last week tixat President Clinton's visit onugustratification of war" is consistent with tlie bellicose rhetoric coming from the ELN and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) alike in response to Plan Colombia. The ELN has set up roadblocks and has downed electricity towers in areas near Cartagena to protest the visit and Plan Colombia.

ihe security threat in Cartagena is low out expects the insurgents to try to mar the visit by using the usual pressureadditional roadblocks, br orin the country!"

a FARC spokesman says his group is pianrwig unspecineo actions uvai will undercut public support in the US for Plan Colombia, and another FARC leader says the group is preparing to move columns of fighters toward major cities.

The timing oftitese reports suggests Ihey are part of an insurgent campaign to discourage Colombian and US leaders from moving forward with the counternarcolics aspects of Plan Colombia.

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