Juan Carlos Pinzon

Peace talks opponents ‘want to sow discord in US over Colombia': Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Peace talks opponents ‘want to sow discord in US over Colombia': Santos

President Juan Manuel Santos warned Colombia’s conservative opposition he will “under no circumstance allow” critics of peace talks with rebel group FARC to “sow discord” in the United States.

Santos replaces defense minister as Colombia inches towards peace
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on May 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos replaces defense minister as Colombia inches towards peace

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday replaced his defense minister in a possible move towards a bilateral ceasefire and peace deal with rebel group FARC.

Bogota is 12,000 policemen short: Mayor
Posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith on May 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Bogota is 12,000 policemen short: Mayor

Bogota has a deficit of 12,000 policemen, the mayor of Colombia’s capital city said Monday.

‘Santos to replace defense minister ahead of peace deal with FARC’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Mar 10, 2015 Leave a comment

‘Santos to replace defense minister ahead of peace deal with FARC’

Colombia’s defense minister and the country’s ambassador to the United States might soon be switching office as president Juan Manuel Santos is preparing a cabinet shuffle ahead of a possible peace  Full Article »

Defense Minister claims Colombia’s police is infiltrated by FARC
Posted by Piotr Wojciak on Dec 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Defense Minister claims Colombia’s police is infiltrated by FARC

As if ongoing revelations of police corruption wasn’t enough, Colombia’s defense minister announced this week to investigate the unpopular institution for possible infiltration by the FARC, the country’s largest rebel group.

Ruben Dario Alzate
Posted by Victoria McKenzie on Nov 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Ruben Dario Alzate

Colombia Army General Ruben Dario Alzate was captured by FARC guerrillas on Sunday, after walking straight into a FARC stronghold ignoring all security protocols.

US lawmakers discuss defense ties with Colombia
Posted by Joel Gillin on Nov 11, 2014 Leave a comment

US lawmakers discuss defense ties with Colombia

A delegation of US congressmen met with Colombia’s defense minister and other officials Monday to strengthen defense and security cooperation. 

Colombia wants to regulate gold market to curb organized crime
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Oct 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Colombia wants to regulate gold market to curb organized crime

Colombia’s defense minister on Monday proposed that all gold must be sold to the country’s central bank to prevent illegal armed groups’ involvement in profitable illegal mining operations.

Colombia’s military training a ‘huge asset to the world': US
Posted by Joel Gillin on Oct 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Colombia’s military training a ‘huge asset to the world': US

United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Colombia’s role as a “security exporter” within Latin America on a recent trip to the country, according to a Department of Defense press  Full Article »

Colombia looking to introduce conscription for both men and women
Posted by Matthew Sterne on Oct 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Colombia looking to introduce conscription for both men and women

Colombia is considering a bill to renew conscription to military and social service for both men and women, the Defense Ministry has announced.

Colombia’s opposition suing defense minister over illegal army recruitment
Posted by Joel Gillin on Oct 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Colombia’s opposition suing defense minister over illegal army recruitment

A member of the leftist opposition party Democratic Pole on Tuesday filed suit against Colombia’s defense minister over ongoing ilegal recruitment practices in the army, according to El Espectador newspaper.

Peace talks wiretapping scheme was legal: Colombia Defense Minister
Posted by Joel Gillin on Oct 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Peace talks wiretapping scheme was legal: Colombia Defense Minister

The military intelligence operation which allegedly spied on Colombia’s peace talks with the FARC was completely legal, said the country’s defense minister as several members of the military unit were  Full Article »

Colombia’s Ministry of Defense seeks to combat cyberbullying
Posted by Emil Foget on Sep 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Colombia’s Ministry of Defense seeks to combat cyberbullying

The Colombian government on Monday submitted a new bill to the congress that seeks to combat –among other things –cyber bullying.

Colombian government announces commission to combat illegal wiretapping of FARC peace talks
Posted by Matthew Sterne on Sep 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Colombian government announces commission to combat illegal wiretapping of FARC peace talks

A new commission will investigate the wiretapping of the negotiators of ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC, the Colombian government announced on Monday. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon announced the creation of the special  Full Article »

Defense ministry offers $100K reward for north Colombia cop killers
Posted by Craig Corbett on Sep 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Defense ministry offers $100K reward for north Colombia cop killers

Colombia’s Defense Ministry on Monday announced a $100,000 reward leading to the arrest of the assassins of seven policemen in northern Colombia earlier this month.

Peace can bring more violence, says Colombia’s Defense Minister in defense of budget
Posted by Craig Corbett on Sep 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Peace can bring more violence, says Colombia’s Defense Minister in defense of budget

Colombia’s defense minister called on the country’s congress to continue funding armed forces in spite of ongoing efforts to make peace with the country’s half-a-decade old rebel groups.