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Santos pledges peace on inauguration ceremony but also warns FARC

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 07:18 UTC
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“Acts of peace, that's what the Colombian people ask for today,” Santos said after receiving the sash of office “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.

Santos bet his political legacy on ending a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has killed more than 200,000 people, displaced millions and left great swathes of rural terrain seeded with land mines.

But even though he was elected on a platform of peace and benefited from progress in talks, the FARC has angered Colombians in recent weeks with an increase in attacks that have left a heavy economic and social price tag.

“Acts of peace, that's what the Colombian people ask for today,” Santos said after receiving the sash of office and asking the FARC to stop all violence against women and children.
“I will employ all my energy to bring peace during this mandate.”

The center-right Santos pledged to build on four years of economic growth, improvements in health and education and a make a bigger stride toward equality in a nation that has one of the world's widest income gaps.

“Imagine for a minute, a country in total peace, with equality and with the highest level of education in the region,” he told eleven heads of state and other dignitaries at the ceremony.

While Santos, the scion of one of Colombia's most powerful families, won re-election promising an end to the war, 45% of voters backed his rival and sought an end to the talks.

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  • ChrisR

    You cannot make peace with drug dealing murdering commie bastards: you have to kill them all.

    He didn't and he and the country will pay heavily for that.

    Aug 08th, 2014 - 07:07 pm 0
  • CabezaDura2

    “You are a globalist liberal that understand nothing about politics in the third world Anglotino. The negotiations will fail now that Santos has been re elected. The FARC and armed groups have pressed against voters to vote for Santos. They have just voted for impunity stupid idiots.

    Keep on living in your politically correct bubble in Sidney.”

    Jun 15th, CabezaDura2

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 01:57 am 0
  • Anglotino

    This August marks the second anniversary of these peace talks.

    50 years (25 times longer) have failed to wipe out FARC militarily.

    I stand by my convictions that this is the best process for Colombia. Colombia is currently enjoying 6.4% growth without debt or inflation problems and the FARC are just trying to strengthen their negotiating position now that Santos has a new mandate.

    So far it hasn't worked.

    Aug 09th, 2014 - 08:25 am 0
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