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Colombia’s Santos Breaks Off Talks with Disgruntled Farmers

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday instructed Cabinet ministers who have held four days of talks aimed at ending a general strike in the agricultural sector to break off negotiations with farm leaders, citing the impossibility of reaching an agreement. continue reading »

President Santos Calls Peace Negotiators Back to Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos instructed the government team that has been holding peace talks in Cuba with FARC guerrillas to return to the Andean nation, issuing the order after the rebels announced a brief "pause" in the negotiations. continue reading »

Colombia’s Santos Admits Contacts with ELN Guerrillas With Eye on Peace Talks

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday admitted that official contacts had been made with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the country's second-largest guerrilla organization, with an eye on possible peace talks that would be held simultaneously with those currently under way with the FARC rebels in Cuba. continue reading »

Presidents Juan Manuel Santos, Nicolas Maduro to Discuss Bilateral Relations

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he and Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro plan to meet on July 22 to "go through a complete review of the state of bilateral relations." continue reading »

Juan Manuel Santos Looking At Re-Election in 2014

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave advance notice Friday that he will seek a second term in the 2014 elections, though he added that, in compliance with the law, he will not make the formal announcement until six months prior to the vote. continue reading »

Bill Clinton Meets With Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian President

Visiting U.S. former President Bill Clinton met in Cartagena with Colombian head of state Juan Manuel Santos and literary icon Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and on Thursday joined Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro for a ride around that Caribbean city in an electric taxi. continue reading »

IACHR Condemns Murder of Colombian Activist

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) laments the murder of Ever Cordero, who chaired a participatory dialogue process for victims of displacement in the department (province) of Córdoba, Colombia. continue reading »

Colombia Restores Land Seized by Militia to Peasants

President Juan Manuel Santos traveled to the northern province of Cordoba on Wednesday to preside over the restoration of lands stolen from 60 peasant families by the founders of Colombia's murderous AUC militia movement. continue reading »

COLOMBIA: Marchers Call for Peace Between Gov’t, FARC

Thousands of Colombians filled the streets of this capital and other cities Tuesday to support the peace process being negotiated by the government and FARC rebels, in the most pluralistic rally that a continue reading »

Colombian President Still to Decide If He’ll Run for 2nd Term

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that he will wait until mid-2013 to make the decision on whether to seek a second four-year term in 2014 an continue reading »

Is the Colombian Peace Period Over Already?

A group of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels attacked the police station of a poor northwestern Colombian town, an assault that comes less than a month after the guerrilla group's leadership declared a unilateral two-month truce. continue reading »

Bill Clinton Joins World Leaders In Declaring Drug War Failure

Former President Bill Clinton and a number of other world leaders are declaring the “War on Drugs” a failure in a new documentary about the remarkable violence, illegal activity and mass incarceration caused by worldwide drug prohibition. continue reading »

Colombia, Nicaragua Take First Steps Towards Resolving Maritime Dispute

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he has agreed with his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, "to establish lines of communication" to resolve through diplomatic channels the maritime dispute between the two countries. continue reading »

Colombia, Nicaragua to Discuss Maritime Border Dispute

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said here Friday he hopes to speak in the most respectful, civilized way with Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega about a world court ruling that awarded Managua waters long claimed by Bogota. continue reading »

First Round of Peace Talks Between Colombia and Rebels End

The first round of talks here between the Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels has ended with progress on mechanisms for incorporating civil society into the process, which is aimed at bringing an end to a decades-long armed conflict. continue reading »

Colombia Must Finish Peace Talks with FARC Before Extending to Other Guerrilla Group

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told Efe that for now his country's No. 2 guerrilla group, the ELN, will not be joining the peace process Bogota has opened with the larger FARC. continue reading »

Colombian President Santos Discharged From Hospital After Cancer Surgery

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was discharged Saturday from the Bogota hospital where he underwent prostate cancer surgery earlier this week. continue reading »

Norway Confirms Peace Talks Between Colombia and FARC WIll Begin Oct. 17

Peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group will officially begin on Oct. 17 in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian foreign ministry said Thursday. continue reading »

Ceasefire Will Not Hinder Peace Talks, Says Colombian Rebels

A spokesman for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group told a Bogota daily that upcoming peace talks with the government will not break down if its request for an immediate truce is not granted. continue reading »

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

Representatives of Colombia's FARC rebel group said here Thursday they will immediately propose a bilateral ceasefire once peace talks get underway with the government. continue reading »