Paris's Sorbonne university awarded an honorary degree and a medal to President Juan Manuel Santos, for his efforts toward peace in his country, a distinction that he dedicated to his people. [...] The ceremony, begun at the rhythm of the vallenato "La Gota Fría", took place in the same educational center where his great-uncle Eduardo Santos, who was also president of Colombia, had studied Sociology and Literature in 1909. Last year Sorbonne gave the same title to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. El Colombiano
Peasants from Cauca, Putumayo, Nariño, and Meta have recently clashed with the Army. The public force arrived at dozens of coca plantations, equipment in hand, to forcefully eradicate them. The peasants, as expected, have prevented it from happening. The magazine Pacifista! interviewed Eduardo Díaz, charged by the government with the implementation of a illicit crops substitution plan, about the government's relationship with the growers, about FARC responsibility in increasing the crops and on the position of Colombia before the Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Pacifista!
Hoy desde Cauca les digo a los violentos: NO vamos a permitir que atemoricen a nuestros líderes sociales y defensores de Derechos Humanos Today, from Cauca I'm speaking to those who promote violence. We will not allow that they frighten our social leaders and human rights defenders
"The Uribe administration sat for almost three years with the Eln in Cuba negotiating. What a great contribution to this process it could make. Let's keep the process with ELN outside of the political realm. That will benefit the process, it will be good for the country, and the whole world". Presidencia Colombia
But the agreement does more than silence weapons; it delivers a welcome end to conflict for Colombians, a majority of whom have never lived in a country at peace. The agreement sets out to bridge the historic divide between the Colombia of developed urban centers and that of the vast, impoverished interior, where historically there has been little or no government presence and, as a result, limited security, weak rule of law and deficient health care and education. New York Times
According to these new polls, accusations of corruption have stuck against president Juan Manuel Santos: 66% of Colombian voters have an unfavorable view of him. And 51% think he is corrupt. Colombia Peace Report
Past attempts to negotiate with the FARC failed because the conditions were not ripe. Two of those conditions were military advantage, so that the government could negotiate from strength, and the support of the region. What I did was to create those conditions – the first through military effectiveness, and the second through pragmatic diplomacy.