Colombia's Defence Minister Rodrigo Rivera resigned Wednesday amid growing criticism of the security forces and increasing attacks by the narco-terrorist rebel groups in the country. Last week it was also revealed that the number of ‘disappeared’ in Colombia is almost 62.000.
Colombian Defence minister Rodrigo Rivera said that the FARC guerrilla movement is surrounded and with its operational capacity very diminished and limited, because of the current policy from the administration of President Juan Manuel Gomez.
Guaranteeing respect for human rights in Colombia is the common purpose of Non-governmental Organisations (NGO) and the government, Colombia’s defence minister said, responding to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Colombian Defence minister Rodrigo Rivera ruled out any dialogue with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas after they killed five soldiers and 14 police officers, and called on the Army to get tougher on terrorist actions.
Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos named former Senator Rodrigo Rivera as his defense minister in an apparent bid to maintain the outgoing government’s pressure on guerrillas.