Posted by Jean Carrere on Nov 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Santos announces military cooperation with Turkey


Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos had harsh criticisms for E.U. policy to fight the economic crisis, while announcing extensive military cooperation with Turkey, Colombian media reported on Friday.

The president, currently on a diplomatic visit in Turkey, called on the E.U. to “put the house in order” and develop better fiscal policies.

Santos said he feared a collapse of world markets, saying it would impact Colombia’s economic growth and employment. “European indiscipline has affected us,” he said.

The president also declared having signed an agreement of military cooperation with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gül, to tackle illegal armed groups in Colombia.

The Turkish military, one of the most developed in the world, will assist Colombia in its struggle against organizations such as the FARC and other criminal groups.

Santos argued the threat posed by the FARC has greatly diminished since the death of “Alfonso Cano.”

Engaged in a struggle spanning several decades with the Kurdistan’s Workers Party (PKK) in the South-East of the country, the Turkish army built a strong experience in combating groups using tactics of unconventional warfare.