Tag: Colombia

Monday, September 26th 2016 - 11:06 UTC

Land distribution, remains challenge for the post-peace accord in Colombia

Under the accord, landless and displaced farmers will be entitled to credit and farmland through a land bank that aims to redistribute 7 million hectares of land

Conflicts over land in Colombia are likely to increase following a peace deal to end half a century of war as once no-go areas in the Andean country open up for business and development projects, land rights experts said. The government and rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are due to sign a peace accord Monday to end Latin America's longest-running conflict, which has killed 200,000 people.

Monday, September 26th 2016 - 10:56 UTC

US Treasury Secretary on advisory visit to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

 “Our message is very much one about the benefits of ongoing economic reforms, and disciplined economic policies in these economies,” the Treasury official said

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will urge his counterparts in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico to press ahead with economic and fiscal reforms aimed at restoring or strengthening growth, a senior Treasury official said on Friday. Lew will be visiting the four largest Latin American economies this week beginning with Argentina on Monday, recognizing efforts by President Mauricio Macri to reintegrate Argentina into the global economy.

Monday, September 26th 2016 - 10:07 UTC

US role in Colombia peace: from fanning the war to ensuring peace

“I looked them in eye and said: 'I know you were hoping for Miss Universe, but you're going to have to settle for me instead,'” Aronson recalled.

When the Colombian government and Marxist rebels FARC sign the final peace accord this Monday to end a 52-year guerrilla war, a US envoy from the Obama administration will be one of the special guests at the signing ceremony.

Thursday, September 1st 2016 - 10:10 UTC

Pope declines request to help select judges for Colombia's peace tribunal

Francis “reiterates his support for the goal of attaining the peace and reconciliation of the entire Colombian people, in light of human rights and Christian values”

The Vatican announced Wednesday that, although Pope Francis is pleased about a peace deal between the government of Colombia and the country’s guerrillas, he has declined a request to have a Vatican envoy help select judges for a new peace tribunal.

Saturday, August 27th 2016 - 05:12 UTC

PM Theresa May congratulates President Santos on the historic peace deal

The agreement is a significant personal achievement for the President that will put Colombia on a path towards long-term peace and prosperity, said PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with President Juan Manuel Santos to congratulate him about the historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). President Santos thanked the UK for its central role in helping reach the agreement.

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 07:28 UTC

Colombia launches referendum campaign; doubts remain on peace accord terms

President Juan Manuel Santos, who has staked his legacy on the peace process, faces a tough political battle to win the referendum.

After sealing a historic peace accord with the FARC rebels, the Colombian government launched a campaign on Thursday to persuade voters to adopt it in a referendum on October 2.

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 07:10 UTC

Santos announces definitive ceasefire starting midnight Monday 29 August

“As head of state and commander in chief of our armed forces, I have ordered a definitive ceasefire with the FARC starting at midnight on Monday, August 29”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the army on Thursday to observe a definitive ceasefire with the FARC rebels after the two sides reached a deal to end their half-century conflict

Friday, June 24th 2016 - 08:28 UTC

Colombia-FARC, “a historic event and exemplary implementation of peace”

UN Secretary-General  Ban ki Moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended in Cuba the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement and laying down of weapons between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and described the historic event as an exemplary implementation of peace.

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.


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