Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia’s peace talks have advanced ‘significantly’: Santos
Posted by Grace Brown on Sep 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia’s peace talks have advanced ‘significantly’: Santos

Peace talks between Colombia’s government and the country’s largest rebel group have advanced more in the past weeks than in the preceding six months, said President Juan Manuel Santos Monday.

How the Venezuela border crisis affects Colombia’s people and president
Posted by Walt Donner on Aug 28, 2015 Leave a comment

How the Venezuela border crisis affects Colombia’s people and president

Tensions with Venezuela have profound implications on the trajectory of Colombia – a country with an unpopular president, a stalling economy, and a protracted armed conflict.

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis
Posted by Reuters on Aug 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis

Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when socialist-run Venezuela closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand  Full Article »

Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos continues to suffer abysmal approval ratings in the country’s cities due to ongoing dissatisfaction over unemployment, crime and a lack of progress in ongoing peace talks  Full Article »

Colombia declares war on illegal mining
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 31, 2015 1 comment

Colombia declares war on illegal mining

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday declared a war on the $2.5 billion illegal mining industry in the country.

Colombia’s health sector in crisis because paramilitaries robbed 185M: Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 30, 2015 1 comment

Colombia’s health sector in crisis because paramilitaries robbed 185M: Santos

Ignoring the embezzlement and misappropriation of billions of dollars by health care intermediaries, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday blamed an ongoing health crisis to paramilitary forces robbing $185 million  Full Article »

Santos warns FARC not to breach ceasefire
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 28, 2015 2 comments

Santos warns FARC not to breach ceasefire

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned FARC rebels on Tuesday that any breach of their current unilateral ceasefire will have severe repercussions on the Havana peace negotiations. The guerrillas in  Full Article »

Transitional justice in Colombia: A very sharp double-edged sword
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 27, 2015 4 comments

Transitional justice in Colombia: A very sharp double-edged sword

Colombia’s peace talks are stuck on the subject of justice as both the FARC and the government fear the legal consequences of the tens of thousands of war crimes committed  Full Article »

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.

While Santos calls for unity, Colombia’s congress fractures further
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 21, 2015 Leave a comment

While Santos calls for unity, Colombia’s congress fractures further

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos inaugurated a new legislative year on Monday, calling for unity before a Congress that could arguably not be more divided over ongoing peace talks and  Full Article »

Santos says Iran nuclear deal is ‘another triumph of diplomacy over confrontation’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos says Iran nuclear deal is ‘another triumph of diplomacy over confrontation’

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos praised a deal between Iran and world leaders that limits Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

FARC must show ‘concrete commitments’ to peace for bilateral ceasefire: Santos
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 8, 2015 Leave a comment

FARC must show ‘concrete commitments’ to peace for bilateral ceasefire: Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday that peace talks with the FARC need more progress before he would agree to a bilateral ceasefire.

Santos replaces almost entire command of Colombia’s armed forces
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 7, 2015 2 comments

Santos replaces almost entire command of Colombia’s armed forces

President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday replaced the leadership of Colombia’s armed forces following the appointment of a new Defense Minister and a human rights report condemning top military commanders for their  Full Article »

False Bogota bomb threat alerts spread for political gain: Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 6, 2015 1 comment

False Bogota bomb threat alerts spread for political gain: Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday that political opponents are behind hoax alerts about pending bomb attacks in the capital Bogota that went viral over the weekend.

Colombia govt threatens to imprison citizens who publish photos or videos of attacks
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 6, 2015 6 comments

Colombia govt threatens to imprison citizens who publish photos or videos of attacks

The Colombian government has come under fierce criticism after threatening to imprison citizens who publish audio, photos or video of terrorist attacks instead of surrendering this material to authorities.

Santos’ approval rating sinks to 28%: Gallup
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 1, 2015 1 comment

Santos’ approval rating sinks to 28%: Gallup

The urban approval rating of Juan Manuel Santos continues to sink. According to the latest Gallup poll, Colombia’s president can count on the approval of only 28% of Colombians living  Full Article »