President Juan Manuel Santos discusses terms of the peace talks and the country's recent socio-economic empowerment. ... Play Video
During the 69th UN General Assembly week in New York, AS/COA hosted Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for a conversation regarding the most pressing challenges facing his administration. "First, no ceasefire until the end," said President Santos regarding the guidelines he's set for peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "A ceasefire will be a perverse incentive for the FARC to prolong negotiations eternally because they will be in the best of all worlds: armed, with dialogue, and no military pressure.” Santos also emphasized the need to adopt a reconciliatory mind set in order to keep the process moving. In addition, the president continues to combat poverty in the country, boasting a reduction of 10 percent in the poverty rate over the last four years while aiming to eliminate extreme poverty completely in the next decade.
The Colombian leader spoke about the country's peace process and progress in poverty reduction. ... Play Video
Council on Foreign Relations Co-Chairman Carla A. Hills interviewed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during UNGA Week at AS/COA. Santos touched on the challenges of the peace talks and reintegration process, noting that reducing poverty and improving education are essential to the peace process. In the first four years of his administration, poverty fell by nearly 10 percentage points, and around 2 million people left extreme poverty, he noted. The president also spoke about Colombia's relationship with Venezuela, the next Summit of the Americas, and the country's shale gas reserves.