Latin America

Latin America
Friday, June 24th 2016 - 04:12 UTC

Colombia signs historic cease fire to end half a century armed conflict

Castro handed the document to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC chief Rodrigo Londoño, who shook hands amid applause.

An agreement aimed at ending more than five decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group was signed in Havana on Thursday at a ceremony presided over by Cuban head of state Raul Castro.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 08:09 UTC

Colombia and FARC are to sign bilateral and definitive ceasefire 23 June in Havana

”So that the horrible night ends and the path to peace and hope opens, we will announce (the deal) on Thursday 23 June. The last day of conflict,” said Lozada

Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached an agreement on a bilateral and definitive ceasefire that will pave the way for a referendum on a peace deal between the warring parties, a senior FARC negotiator said on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 06:03 UTC

Maduro-Shannon discuss restarting relations; OAS debates implementing Democratic Charter on Venezuela

US envoy Shannon and Maduro, met after lunch in the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Tom Shannon spoke for nearly two hours with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the oil rich country.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:59 UTC

OAS listens to mediators' appeal for government/opposition dialogue in Venezuela

Venezuela called an extraordinary OAS session to update the body about dialogue between the government and opposition

Addressing the OAS Permanent Council, former Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that reconciliation is an indispensable and essential challenge to overcome the current confrontation situation in Venezuela, and although it will be a long, difficult process, he recommends dialogue efforts should continue.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:20 UTC

Swire and Ecuadorean foreign minister discuss Julian Assange's case in London

“We continue to be deeply frustrated by the lack of progress in this case. I personally expressed this to Foreign Minister Guillaume Long”

UK Minister for the Americas Hugo Swire MP, met with the new Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, in London on Monday to discuss assistance in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that struck the Andean country in April.

Monday, June 20th 2016 - 05:22 UTC

Peruvian First Lady charged with money laundering for electoral campaigns

Nadine Heredia is not to leave the country in order to answer charges of suspected money laundering in the electoral campaigns of 2006 and 2011.

Judge Richard Concepcion ordered Peru's first lady and the president of the ruling Nationalist Party, Nadine Heredia, not to leave the country in order to answer charges of suspected money laundering in the electoral campaigns of 2006 and 2011.

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 08:20 UTC

Canada and Pacific Alliance establish long term strategic partnership

“Canada has supported the Pacific Alliance since its inception, as well as its collaborative approach to promoting trade and investment,” said Freeland.

Canada became the first observer country to enter into a strategic partnership with the Pacific Alliance. Chrystia Freeland, minister of International trade and ministers of the four countries of the alliance—Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru—signed a joint declaration today in Mexico City.

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 07:55 UTC

Malcorra thanks OAS for continued support to Argentina on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute

Malcorra recalled that the lack of a solution to the situation for so many years, “has been an obstacle for the full development of bilateral relations”, between the two countries.

Foreign minister Susana Malcorra reiterated Argentina's call to OAS state members to continue supporting the resumption of negotiations on the Falklands/Malvinas question. A controversy which she said, “involves the whole southern hemisphere”.

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 07:47 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas: OAS Assembly calls on Argentina/UK to resume sovereignty negotiations

OAS supports Argentina's commitment ”to continue exploring all possible tracks for the peaceful solution of the controversy and for its constructive attitude towards the inhabitants of the Falklands/M

The Organization of American States, OAS, approved on Wednesday a declaration calling on Argentina and Great Britain to resume negotiations on the Falklands/Malvinas question as soon as possible.

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 07:25 UTC

Macri attends economic forum in Colombia; reaffirms Argentina's commitment to the Pacific Alliance

“Mercosur needs a greater integration dynamics and must be open to work with other regional blocks such as the Pacific Alliance”, Macri said at the Nariño Palace.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri said Mercosur needs “a greater integration dynamics” and defended the idea that the Atlantic regional block country members work to reach agreements with countries of the Pacific Alliance.

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