___ Associated Press writer Nahal Toosi in New York contributed to this report.
Colombia is bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; to the North by the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by Panama and the Pacific Ocean.(AP, 3/6/08) 2008 Mar 7, At a summit in the Dominican Republic the presidents of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by a Colombian cross-border raid with testy handshakes and an apology. by Ecuador, the Pacific Ocean , Panama and the Caribbean Sea.
Christopher Columbus navigated near the Caribbean in 1502.
In 1508, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa started the conquest of the territory through the region of Urabá.
Colombia is very ethnically diverse, and the interaction between descendants of the original native inhabitants, Spanish colonists, Africans brought as slaves and twentieth-century immigrants from Europe and the Middle East has produced a rich cultural heritage. West of this range, and lying between the 10th parallel and the Caribbean coast, is a remarkable group of lofty peaks and knotted ranges known as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta , the highest snowcrowned summit of which rises 17,389 ft.
Colombia has 15 major volcanoes, the eruptions of which have on occasion resulted in substantial loss of life, such as at Armero in 1985, and geological faults that have caused numerous devastating earthquakes, such as the 1999 Armenia earthquake."There is a national security component to this case," said Boyd Johnson, chief of the international narcotics trafficking unit at the U. Police said they seized 1,200 pounds of cocaine linked to the cartel in a warehouse in northern Bogota on Monday.The arrests, beginning Monday night, were based on a U. indictment in New York that alleges the Norte del Valle cartel recruited the airline worker and police involved with security at El Dorado Airport.In the Amazon region there is no great change during the year, and on the northern plains the so-called dry season is one of light rains except where mountain ranges break the sweep of the north-east trades.Demand from rapidly expanding cities has placed increasing stress on the water supply as watersheds are affected and ground water tables fall.The Norte del Valle cocaine cartel is considered to be one of the largest mafias operating in Colombia.One of its leaders, Diego Montoya, sits alongside Osama Bin Laden on the FBI's ten-most-wanted list.Op 19 juni dit jaar werd in het café in de Groningse Ripperdalaan Jan Zuidema (34) neergestoken.Vier mannen worden verdacht van betrokkenheid bij de dood van het slachtoffer. Gijzelen is een totaal achterhaalde en onzinnige methode om een getuigenis af te dwingen.According to the FT, "The DEA operates in most countries of Latin America, except Cuba, and especially in drugs-producing countries in the Andean region and in transit countries in Central America and the Caribbean.Spanish explorers made the first exploration of the Caribbean littoral in 1499 led by Rodrigo de Bastidas.