Amid Alleged US Plans US General To Visit Colombia

US Army South Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer will soon arrive in Colombia, local broadcaster Caracol reported, citing military sources.

News about Stammer’s possible trip comes amid confusion caused by US National Security Adviser John Bolton about the United States’ plans with regard to Colombia. During a 28 January briefing about new sanctions against Venezuela that would target state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA, Bolton was photographed holding a yellow notepad that read: “5,000 troops to Colombia”.

According to the broadcaster, the purpose of the general’s visit is to strengthen friendly relations with Colombia. The general will meet with the command of the Colombian army and police and discuss border security with them.

The US Southern Command, of which Army South is a component, was established to conduct operations in Latin America. It is responsible for 31 states and 15 territories in Central and South America, and the Caribbean.