Juan Manuel Santos

ELN must free hostages before any peace talks: Govt
Posted by Reuters on Feb 9, 2016 Leave a comment

ELN must free hostages before any peace talks: Govt

The ELN, Colombia’s second-largest leftist rebel group, must release a civilian and a soldier held hostage before the government will agree to begin a peace process, President Juan Manuel Santos  Full Article »

Santos’ approval rating plummets in first poll of 2016
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 1, 2016 6 comments

Santos’ approval rating plummets in first poll of 2016

The approval rating of President Juan Manuel Santos took a blow in the first poll of 2016. Amid widespread pessimism about the future of their country, 64% of Colombians said to  Full Article »

Santos thanks UN for unanimous support for peace verification mission
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Santos thanks UN for unanimous support for peace verification mission

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday thanked the United Nations’ Security Council for unanimously supporting a mission to oversee a pending truce and peace agreement with FARC rebels.

Santos invites Uribe and Pastrana to ‘Plan Colombia’ anniversary with Obama
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 13, 2016 3 comments

Santos invites Uribe and Pastrana to ‘Plan Colombia’ anniversary with Obama

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos asked his predecessors to join him and his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House commemoration of 15 years Plan Colombia.

Obama, Santos to present revised Plan Colombia in February: Ambassador
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Obama, Santos to present revised Plan Colombia in February: Ambassador

US president Barack Obama and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos on February 4 will present a revised US policy that will be focused on peace building, according to Colombia’s ambassador.

Santos asks ‘corrupt’ constitutional court magistrate to resign ‘for the dignity of justice’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos asks ‘corrupt’ constitutional court magistrate to resign ‘for the dignity of justice’

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday asked the former president of the country’s constitutional court to resign “for the dignity of justice” amid one of the country’s most high-profile  Full Article »

Santos calls on Colombia to ‘give peace a chance’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos calls on Colombia to ‘give peace a chance’

Following a key agreement on victims with FARC rebels, Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos took to national TV to call on his compatriots to “give peace a chance.”

Santos congratulates Venezuela over peaceful elections
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 7, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos congratulates Venezuela over peaceful elections

President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated Venezuela on Monday, a day after Colombia’s neighbor massively but peacefully elected the government into the opposition benches of the National Assembly.

Paris climate talks: Colombia to receive $100M to combat Amazon deforestation
Posted by Taran Volckhausen on Dec 1, 2015 2 comments

Paris climate talks: Colombia to receive $100M to combat Amazon deforestation

Colombia announced Monday that Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom have pledged $100 million to combat deforestation in the country’s Amazon region.

Santos seeking presidential immunity in justice deal with FARC rebels: Report
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 30, 2015 1 comment

Santos seeking presidential immunity in justice deal with FARC rebels: Report

Weeks after the Colombian government and FARC rebels announced a “historic” deal on transitional justice, negotiators are still working on major issues, reportedly including a judicial exemption for former heads of state.

Colombia creates ‘fund of funds’ for peace
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia creates ‘fund of funds’ for peace

Ahead of a possible peace deal with leftist FARC rebels, Colombia has created “the fund of funds” that will gather foreign contributions for peace and funnel them to peace building projects.

Santos gives Uber 6 months to formalize or face ban in Colombia
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 24, 2015 4 comments

Santos gives Uber 6 months to formalize or face ban in Colombia

President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday gave US transport company Uber six months to register as a formal company in Colombia or be banned from the South American country.

Colombia to create holding company of state-owned businesses
Posted by Reuters on Nov 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia to create holding company of state-owned businesses

Colombia will create a holding company of state-owned businesses in a bid to increase transparency and as a step toward membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),  Full Article »

Santos sends brother to urge conclave for peace with FARC leader
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 22, 2015 2 comments

Santos sends brother to urge conclave for peace with FARC leader

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos sent his brother to privately meet with FARC rebel leader “Timochenko” in Cuba to negotiate a conclave between negotiators that could speed up three-year-long peace  Full Article »

Santos implies he could resign if Colombia rejects FARC peace deal
Posted by Rose Lander on Nov 20, 2015 2 comments

Santos implies he could resign if Colombia rejects FARC peace deal

Three years after the peace talks with the FARC began, President Juan Manuel Santos implied that he would have to resign if the Colombian people reject an eventual peace deal.

Arguing Santos and Timochenko reveal delays to Colombia’s peace talks
Posted by Rose Lander on Nov 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Arguing Santos and Timochenko reveal delays to Colombia’s peace talks

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and FARC rebel leader “Timochenko” argued on Tuesday about who was responsible for apparent delays to the peace process.