Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday that the problem of security had yet to be resolved in the country.
“There are many problems and the road ahead is very large, perhaps, the problem we spend the most time analyzing, to see how we can coordinate better, is the problem of security, the ministry of defense made a very complete report about what [we] are doing in various fronts,” the president said, while stating the goal of his administration was to create a more “just, modern and safe country.”
Santos criticized the wave of strikes in the country and said many of them were motivated by “political interests.”
“[There is] a deliberate action to promote strikes of this type, we see political interests, interests of all types trying to take advantage of situations, some of them are justified, some sectors [have] problems, but effectively there is a deliberate action to stimulate the strikes in the [entire] country,” said the president, while praising the Cerrejon coal miners’ decision to lift the month-long strike.
The president also claimed Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, had less than 8,000 members.
“The number of FARC members are less than 8,000 […] 7,800 is the number they have at this moment.”
- Numero de integrantes de las Farc esta por debajo de 8.000 (El Espectador)