COLOMBIA: Obama Pledges Continuing Plan Colombia After FARC Peace Agreement

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Obama has pledged U$S450 million toward joint-military and diplomatic initiative Plan Colombia’s new phase – a post-civil war Colombia. Photo (c) Yahoo News 2016

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has pledged U$S450 million toward joint-military and diplomatic initiative Plan Colombia’s new phase – a post-civil war Colombia. The decision was announced while celebrating  the action’s 15th year with Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in the White House.

“In the same way the United States has been a partner of Colombia in wartime, it will be a partner in peace,” Obama said.

These statements were made as part of the celebration of 15 years of Plan Colombia, an initiative conceived during the government of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana and could enter a second phase.

Santos meanwhile praised the “helping hand” of Obama and Washington, which for three decades sent U$S10 billion in military equipment, advisory and training services to the northern South American country. Photo (c) Pensando Americas 2005

Santos meanwhile praised the “helping hand” of Obama and Washington, which for three decades sent U$S10 billion in military equipment, advisory and training services to the northern South American country.

Meanwhile the Santos government plans to sign a peace agreement with the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in late March.

“Today we see the future with hope,” Santos said, adding that, “peace will be the icing on the cake of Plan Colombia”. The new plan will be dubbed “Peace Colombia”.

“There Is Nothing to Celebrate”

Communist Party of Colombia: “The US government should compensate thousands of survivors of the bombings, fumigation of coca crops, uprooting and forced displacement, essential part of the end of the war is concluded, the hidden counterinsurgency order after the program launched by Washington and Bogota”. Photo (cc) El Blog De Diego Bayon 2016

In contrast, the Communist Party of the Andean country counter-argues that the political solution for peace requires an end to Plan Colombia, while called to establish new relations with the North American giant on an equal footing and with respect for national sovereignty.

“The US government should compensate thousands of survivors of the bombings, fumigation of coca crops, uprooting and forced displacement, essential part of the end of the war is concluded, the hidden counterinsurgency order after the program launched by Washington and Bogota, “insisted the organization.

Another challenge is to support regional integration in the context of UNASUR. Photo (c) Unica TV 2015

In the communist movement, rather than a new Plan Colombia whose intent is to manually review the agreement and peace process, the South American country should look independantly  into the world and raise alternative cooperation and assistance initiatives that benefit overcoming social inequalities and allowing the recovery of common goods from the hands of trans-nationals.

Another challenge is to support regional integration in the context of Union of South American Nations (UNASUR; an intergovernmental regional organization headed by Colombian ex-President Ernesto Samper) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC; a populous-origin alternative organization to Washington-headquartered Organization of the American States / OAS).

 

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Ailana Navarez
Ailana Navarez is Pulsamerica’s Editor-in-Chief, Owner, Digital Marketing Manager and Contributor; and Deputy Editor of partner-magazine International Policy Digest. She is former Contributor of Uruguay and Venezuela. She has published over 80 international relations-related articles as a political analyst / journalist with a concentration in Latin American leadership analysis, economy, history, international relations, and her research passions, politics and narco-trafficking. As a photographer, she has covered international summits – including of MERCOSUR and the UN. She holds a BA in Government and Psychology at Harvard, pursuing an MA in Homeland Security at Penn State, and is certified in Competitive Counter Intelligence, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures and Countering Terrorism & the Asset Threat Spectrum. She has volunteered for environmental, educational and law enforcement entities - domestically and abroad. She maintains permanent residency status in Panama, the United States and Uruguay. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hawaiian Creole.