With a year left on his term, the Colombian president has international recognition for the peace agreement with FARC, but in Colombia he does not have as much popular support. [...] Santos set himself the goal of modernizing Colombia and achieving peace with the country's largest guerrilla organization was a fundamental requirement for that. But the effort and the time it took to finalize the agreement left a lot of unfinished business, although despite the complaints, it is undeniable for political scientists that a lot of progress was made for existing problems in the areas of health, education and infrastructure. Deutsche Welle Actualidad
The President of the US, Donald Trump, welcomed on Good Friday Colombian former presidents Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana to the Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. First to speak publicly about the meeting was Mr. Pastrana, who thanked in his Twitter the magnate for, "the cordial and very frank conversation." Sources of the meeting, however, have confirmed to El País the presence of Mr. Uribe who has described it as a "social gathering" that came about through an "invitation from a third party."El País.
Santos said he asked Trump to support approval of the Colombia peace plan in the US Congress. “(Trump) said he was very interested and would take charge of it personally,” said Santos, who added that Trump extended an invitation for him to visit the White House. The United States has pledged $450 million to support implementation of the peace agreement. The Guardian
It is unsurprising, then, that Santos’ meeting with Trump reflected ignorance and a revanchist return to militarized policies that run counter to the tenets of Colombia’s peace agreement. It was a meeting of dangerous political posturing that indicates the direction of U.S. policy in Colombia and beyond. It took years for the U.S. to get on board with the peace process in Colombia, even symbolically – and a shift backwards towards remilitarization in the country would undermine the peace process and cost lives. If we are listening to the ongoing protests across Colombia, the rise of coca production is not the current preeminent concern of Colombians, and military force is certainly not the answer. NACLA
In his visit to a transitional zone in Putumayo, the president was interviewed for the first time by NC News, a news organization that belongs to the guerillas of FARC. He spoke of the challenges of the process once the transfer to the transitional demobilization zones has been completed and of those who still doubt that the agreement reached in Havana will be fulfilled. El Espectador
The big difference with what has existed so far is that this "kitchen cabinet" will be coordinated by the President. And if he doesn't end up delegating -- as he usually does with almost everything else - it can make a difference in avoiding the failure of the post conflict. La Silla Vacía