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Colombia
Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 01:22 UTC

FARC leader doubts the peace accord can be signed this year

“It should be noted also that the subject of the surrender of arms and a bilateral ceasefire will not be simple”, said Timochenko

Colombia is unlikely to sign a peace accord with Marxist rebels this year as the remaining items on the negotiating agenda are complex and time consuming, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño said.

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 07:18 UTC

Santos pledges peace on inauguration ceremony but also warns FARC

“Acts of peace, that's what the Colombian people ask for today,” Santos said after receiving the sash of office

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos was sworn in to a second term on Thursday promising to bring peace and equality to the nation, but warned Narco-Marxist rebels that talks to end five decades of war could rupture if hostilities against civilians continue. “Members of the FARC: you have been warned!” he said.

Monday, July 21st 2014 - 07:25 UTC

Colombian president inaugurates the “Congress of peace” to end 50 years of war

“We have a great challenge - an achievable challenge - to end an armed conflict which has bled us for half a century, and build peace” said Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened a new session of Congress on Sunday, calling on lawmakers to back government efforts to strike a peace deal with the FARC rebels to end 50 years of war. Members of Congress were sworn in during the ceremony in central Bogota.

Friday, July 11th 2014 - 06:29 UTC

Prince Charles will be visiting Colombia in October, announced President Santos

The Royal is expected to visit some of Colombia's largest national parks  (Photo file)

President Juan Manuel Santos announced Prince Charles' visit to Colombia during an official ceremony in which he signed an international treaty to protect the marshlands of the Estrella Fluvial de Inirida River, a 700,000-acre site in Colombia’s eastern Guainia state.

Saturday, June 28th 2014 - 10:43 UTC

Swire on a five-day visit of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia

Minister Hugo Swire

Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire was on a five day visit to Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia this week, following recent elections in both countries and with the purpose of expanding political and trade relations.

Friday, June 20th 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Colombia-Brazil consider closer links between Pacific Alliance and Mercosur

Closer links between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur can make them stronger, said the presidents at the Alvorada Palace

Colombia and Brazil's presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Dilma Rousseff met in Brasilia to address regional and bilateral affairs and the possibility of closer links between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, which “are naturally complementary and do not compete among themselves”.

Monday, June 16th 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Santos and his promise of peace wins the run off in Colombia

Colombian president addressed his militants (Photo AP)

Incumbent President candidate Juan Manuel Santos was reelected by a margin of over 5 percentage points in the second round of Colombia's’s elections, defeating conservative Democratic Center candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who concede defeat and congratulated the winner.

Saturday, June 14th 2014 - 09:39 UTC

Colombian business community openly sides with Santos and the peace talks

Billionaire Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo spoke up in favor of ongoing peace negotiations with the FARC

President Juan Manuel Santos’ re-election bid received the backing of a large group of Colombia’s most important businessmen and the country’s wealthiest man, billionaire Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, who spoke up in favor of ongoing peace negotiations with the FARC.

Friday, June 13th 2014 - 08:23 UTC

OAS deploys 74 observers for Colombia's presidential election second round

The mission is headed by former Costa Rican president Jose Maria Figueres

The Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observation Mission (EOM ) began the final deployment of observers ahead of the second round of the Colombian presidential election on Sunday June 15.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 06:01 UTC

FARC declares a cease fire for the Colombian residential election runoff

“We want to tell the country our decision to declare another unilateral ceasefire” for the second round of elections” said the letter signed by Timochenko.

Colombia's FARC rebels declared a ceasefire on Sunday from June 9 to 30, a period that will cover a run-off presidential election being contested mainly over how to end five decades of war with the guerrillas.

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