U.S. in $450M aid plan for Colombia peace

Feb 04, 2016, 4:21 AM EST
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
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President Barack Obama has said he will ask the U.S. Congress for $450m (£309m) in aid to help Colombia implement a peace deal with the Farc rebel group. The proposed funding will also support de-mining, humanitarian and counter-narcotics projects, he said. The aid was announced after President Obama held talks at the White House with his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos. He told Mr Santos the US would be "your partner in waging peace". It was "an incredible moment of promise" for ending the long-running conflict in Colombia, he said. Mr Santos has said he expects his government to sign a peace deal with the Farc next month. Both sides have agreed a 23 March deadline to reach an agreement. It comes after Farc rebels said they were willing to lay down their weapons after five decades of conflict.

Telesur writes:

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos defended the cost of the peace process with the leftist FARC rebel movement on Wednesday as negotiators traveled to Havana, Cuba, to help speed up the peace process toward meeting the deadline of a final agreement next month. “I think we negotiated this agreement in the right way,” said Santos during a visit in Washington, D.C. “We have enough justice to fulfill international standards.” Santos also stressed that abuses committed during the decades-long armed conflict will not remain in impunity, but will be prosecuted as part of an ongoing process of peace and justice. This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: "http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Juan-Manuel-Santos-Colombias-Peace.... If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english