Santos: Europa debe apoyar a Colombia
Le Figaro (Francia) Santos : «L'Europe doit soutenir la Colombie»
INTERVIEW - Le président colombien demande une plus grande collaboration du système financier international dans la lutte contre le narcotrafic.
Le président colombien, Juan Manuel Santos, est en visite à Paris jusqu'à ce mercredi soir. Il a choisi de venir en France avant de se rendre à Washington, une démarche peu commune pour le représentant d'un pays sud-américain. ver>>
Colombia mejora el entrenamiento antidrogas de la policía mexicana
The Washington Post (EE.UU.) Colombia stepping up anti-drug training of Mexico's army, police
Long experienced in fighting cocaine cartels and Marxist guerrillas, Colombia is training thousands of Mexican policemen as well as soldiers and court officers to help contain drug gangs that have turned parts of Mexico into virtual combat zones.
Most of the training has taken place in Mexico, Colombian and American officials say. But in a sign of how serious the threat posed by the Mexican cartels has become, an increasing number of Mexican soldiers and policemen are traveling here to train with Colombia's battle-tested police commandos.
"Mexico has what we had some years ago, which are very powerful cartels," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a recent interview. "What we can provide is the experience that we have had dismantling those cartels, training intelligence officers, training judicial police." ver>>
La reforma agraria podría ser el fin de la guerra con las guerrillas colombianas
The Time (EE.UU.) Land Reform Could End Colombia's Guerrilla War
It is no surprise that Sudan, blighted by unceasing years of loud civil war, has the largest population of internally displaced people in the world: perhaps as many as 6 million. But which country has the second? Colombia, right smack in the middle of the western hemisphere, has an estimated 4 million.
The main reason so many Colombians have been uprooted is because, over the past 25 years, cocaine traffickers, paramilitaries and rebels are believed to have taken control of some 13 million acres of land. Sometimes the land was stolen from Colombia's farmers. In some cases, owners were forced to sell out to gangsters at rock-bottom prices. Those who balked were warned that the deals would be closed with their widows. The land was coveted for growing and smuggling narcotics, trafficking arms, consolidating territory in the war and, in some cases, for setting up legal enterprises such as cattle ranches and palm oil plantations. These land grabs have contributed to one of the most lopsided ratios of property distribution in Latin America — and a reason why more than 60% of people living in Colombia's countryside are poor. All that inequity convinced many peasants to join the guerrillas or the paramilitaries in a war already exacerbated by the drug trade. ver>>