Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014

Colombia president will not meet with FARC during Havana visit

Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: President's Office)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will not meet with the FARC delegation to ongoing peace talks in Havana during his visit to the Cuban capital, according

For the last 15 months, Havana has been hosting broad peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, the country’s oldest rebel group.

Santos is scheduled to travel to Cuba to attend a regional summit that begins on the 25th of January, but will not, according to his office, meet with members of the FARC, despite his close proximity to the site of negotiations.

The decision is being interpreted by some in the Colombian media as a deliberate reaction to a deadly bombing Thursday in the city of Pradera, Cauca that left one police officer dead and injured dozens of citizens.

MORE: 1 killed, more than 30 injured in alleged FARC bombing in western Colombia

Santos joined other Colombian officials in condemning the attack — widely attributed to the FARC — which he called “an act of infinite stupidty.” Santos will have several days in Havana to sit down with the FARC if he decides to change his mind, but a reversal is seemingly unlikely, given the charged publicity surrounding the incident.

So far, the peace talks with the FARC have proved relatively stable. With no joint ceasefire in place, the parties have managed to weather pressure from continuing military conflict, as well as tension generated in the public debate surrounding the talks.

The latest attack, however, represents an escalated level of collateral violence that could lead to greater societal backlash against the FARC and the talks in general. The peace process is expected to be one of the key topics throughout the buildup to upcoming presidential elections, and eyes will continue to focus on President Santos for indications that the government’s commitment is wavering.

Sources:

The post Colombia president will not meet with FARC during Havana visit appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.


For website development, online marketing and promotion,
check out The Q Media


If you enjoyed this piece, please SHARE IT so other readers can find it and enjoy it.

Recent Posts

TCO bottom

June 28, 2016, Comments Off on TCO bottom

TCO Bottom2

June 28, 2016, Comments Off on TCO Bottom2

TCO Sidebar

June 28, 2016, Comments Off on TCO Sidebar
europe_flag

Colombia peso gains, stocks drop amid Brexit market scare

June 24, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia peso gains, stocks drop amid Brexit market scare
john_kerry

US celebrates ceasefire in Colombia

June 24, 2016, Comments Off on US celebrates ceasefire in Colombia
uber_large

Colombia begins clamping down on Uber; 1200 vehicles seized

June 23, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia begins clamping down on Uber; 1200 vehicles seized
displaced3

Colombia has more internally displaced persons than Syria

June 20, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia has more internally displaced persons than Syria
guarne_killer

Authorities arrests man who admittedly murdered more than 20 outside Medellin

June 19, 2016, Comments Off on Authorities arrests man who admittedly murdered more than 20 outside Medellin
Party in Colombia