Monday, August 02, 2004

Uribe denies drugs cartel links

Colombia's government and the US have denied that President Alvaro Uribe collaborated with a powerful drugs cartel more than a decade ago.

Recently declassified US military intelligence from 1991 appears to show that Mr Uribe had links to the notorious Medellin drugs cartel.

The unnamed source even describes Mr Uribe as a "close personal friend" of late cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar.

But Bogota dismissed the allegations as an attempt to smear the president.