Tag: Colombia

Colombia
Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

FARC accused of deliberately spilling 200.000 gallons of oil risking water supplies

“They were approached by a FARC group and forced to spill all the crude they were transporting” about 757,000 liters, Governor Jimmy Diaz told RCN Radio

Colombian authorities accused the FARC guerrillas Monday of forcing 19 oil tanker drivers to dump their cargo of crude on the ground, raising fears it could contaminate water supplies.Officials said FARC fighters stopped the tankers in a dawn raid as they transported their cargo across a remote area of the oil-producing region of Puerto Asis in the southwestern department of Putumayo.

Friday, June 5th 2015 - 06:27 UTC

Colombia and FARC agree to name a “Clarification of the Truth Committee”

The Committee is to “recognize the victims and the responsibility of those who participated directly or indirectly in the conflict” and has three years for the job

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas said they plan to form a truth commission to investigate atrocities committed during the country's five-decade civil war. The agreement was announced on Thursday and will consist of an “independent and impartial” body as soon as a final peace deal is reached.

Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 08:52 UTC

PM Li Keqiang in Bogotá: China and Colombia considering free trade accord

President Santos received PM Li at the Nariño Palace for a first round of talks and signed deals providing scholarships for 200 Colombians to study in China

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia after arriving to Bogotá on Thursday, as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment. Li is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Colombia since the two nations established diplomatic ties 35 years ago and his visit was hailed as historic by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Santos orders resumption of bombing raids after FARC attack kills 10 soldiers

“This incident was a product of a deliberate attack by the FARC, it was not a coincidence”, Santos said after meeting with his defense team in Cali.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 13:12 UTC

Colombia's FARC reject submission to judicial processes as “common criminals”

“You cannot give a treatment that was designed for criminal groups to rebels,” the FARC said in a statement read by guerrilla negotiator Pablo Catatumbo

Colombia's FARC rebels cannot be submitted to the same judicial processes as “common criminals” under a possible peace deal, the Marxist group said on Friday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made the comments after President Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview that the biggest hurdle to signing peace would be getting the group to agree to face justice after 50 years of war.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 07:39 UTC

Colombia and FARC agree to clear minefields; 11.000 people killed in 15 years

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL-CMC) ranked Colombia second behind Afghanistan for highest number of children killed or wounded by landmines

Colombian government and Marxist oriented guerrillas jointly announced an agreement to remove landmines and other explosives from the battlefield in a sign of progress in their two-year-old peace talks being held in Cuba.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:57 UTC

Colombia's Ecopetrol slashes offshore exploration budget

In 2014, Ecopetrol discovered hydrocarbons in three out of eight wells it drilled, five of which were in the Gulf of Mexico.

Colombia's state-run oil producer Ecopetrol will drill three offshore wells this year, two off its Caribbean Coast and a third in the Gulf of Mexico, after slashing its offshore exploration budget to 200 million dollars down from 632 million last year, the company said.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 17:41 UTC

FARC vows to lay down arms and to reinvent itself as a political party

Spokesperson Santich said FARC hopes to see the group's “transformation into a political movement that can work to bring about structural change”

Colombian FARC guerrillas on Saturday vowed to lay down their weapons and reinvent themselves as a political party, if the Colombian government follows through with the reforms under discussion in peace talks.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:30 UTC

FARC invites Colombia's newly-crowned Miss Universe to attend peace talks

Colombia's Paulina Vega, 22, was named Miss Universe in Miami last month and has gone as far as to offer her presence at negotiations in Cuba.

Rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, on Saturday invited the newly-crowned Miss Universe to attend peace talks with the Colombian government.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

UK visa applications in Uruguay will be decided in Bogotá

The announcement becomes effective January 26

As of 26 January 2015, applications for visas for the United Kingdom made in Uruguay will be decided in Bogota. United Kingdom Visas and Immigration, which has the responsibility for issuing UK visas overseas, is introducing a change to its network as part of a broader change program.

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