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July 2009

July 14, 2009

EL NUEVO HERALD - Cooperacion entre Colombia y EEUU

EL NUEVO HERALD - Cooperacion entre Colombia y EEUU

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By Jaime Bermudez Merizalde - Colombia es un país que ha conocido como ningn otro los efectos perversos del narcotráfico y el terrorismo. Nuestro pueblo ha sufrido en carne propia el rigor de la violencia y nuestras instituciones democráticas --jueces, periodistas, candidatos-- la amenaza de las organizaciones criminales y grupos armados ilegales. A pesar de todos los esfuerzos, el narcotráfico y el terrorismo que ste financia continan siendo una amenaza para Amrica Latina.
La retórica internacional en esta lucha es frecuente en los foros internacionales, pero no tan frecuentes han resultado ser los casos en los que esta cooperación se hace efectiva y arroja resultados concretos. Colombia y los Estados Unidos tienen una larga trayectoria de cooperación bilateral que constituye una de las experiencias más eficaces de los aos recientes, no sólo por continuidad del esfuerzo en el largo plazo, sino tambin por ser una política de Estado en ambos países. En el caso de los EEUU el apoyo decidido a Colombia ha sido un asunto bipartidista.
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July 6, 2009

EDITORIAL LA TIMES - Hail Colombia

EDITORIAL LA TIMES -  Hail Colombia

 

 

President Obama, who withheld his support for a free-trade agreement with Colombia when he was a senator, recently sounded a more positive note on the issue. At a joint news conference this week with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Obama commended him for the progress his country has made in addressing human rights violations. In particular, he remarked on the more hospitable environment in Colombia today for labor organizers -- one of the sticking points for Obama and other Democrats in Congress.

"We've seen improvements when it comes to prosecution of those carrying out these blatant human rights offenses," Obama said. Furthermore, he added, he has instructed U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to work with his Colombian counterparts to bring the free-trade agreement to fruition. All of which suggested that Colombia has turned a corner since Obama's election, and that the United States may now be more favorably inclined to free trade with this Andean nation.

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July 8, 2009

OP - ED THE MIAMI HERALD - Trade deal would reduce drug flow

OP - ED THE MIAMI HERALD - Trade deal would reduce drug flow

 

 
By Robert Weiner and Zoe Pagonis. During the Colombia Free Trade Agreement discussions in the White House and Congress, a major point has been missed. Colombia is the No. 1 source of drugs that lead to murders, crowding in prisons and family disunion. Congressional ratification of the Colombia Free Trade agreement will help Colombia create jobs outside of the drug trade and reduce the export of these lethal products.
Colombia currently provides us with 90 percent of our cocaine and in the past, as much as 50.1 percent of our heroin. Colombian cartels and drug-funded terror group FARC help cause U.S. drug and crime problems. Without free trade, Colombia's people will be forced to remain dependent on drugs as their most lucrative business. Even as the world's third largest producer of coffee, revenue from that industry pales in comparison. The annual profit on a hectare of coffee is $500 versus an estimated $5,000 for coca.
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July 17, 2009

Colombia is Passion Campaign Announces September 2009 Cultural Exhibition in Washington D.C.

Colombia is Passion Campaign Announces September 2009  Cultural Exhibition in Washington D.C.

Washington, DC Colombia’s official country image campaign, Colombia is Passion, today announced a new cultural art exhibition, themed Discover Colombia Through Its Heart, which will be showcased at Washington’s Union Station and throughout the city in September 2009.

This will be the first stop of the international traveling exhibit, which aims to educate the world about Colombia’s rich culture and heritage.  The exhibit will feature seven interactive 13-foot heart sculptures, displayed in Washington’s central train hub.  Each of the seven displays will spotlight a different facet of Colombia from its culture, music and talented artists, to the nation’s beautiful landscape, cities and flora and fauna.

The exhibit also includes 40 eight-foot heart sculptures, which will appear along the streets of Washington, DC and in Nationals Stadium.  Each one of the smaller hearts is artistically painted to highlight an unknown aspect of Colombia. The 11-day exhibition will include musical and cultural performances and other educational programs, and free coffee, giving Washingtonians and visitors to nation’s capital an opportunity to learn more about the people and culture of Colombia.

The Colombia is Passion campaign was developed to promote the country abroad and encourage business investment, tourism and enhanced cultural relations with nations around the world. The logo of the campaign is a heart, which symbolizes passion of the Colombian people the driving force that guides their creativity, determination, warmth and kindness.

When:           September 4 September 14
            
Where:         Union Station’s Main Hall
                      50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
                      Washington, DC 20002
Note: The exhibition will be free and open to the public. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.
Contact: Gretchen Hamel gretchen@endeavourgs.com
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July 20, 2009

Exhibition of Colombian Architect Rogelio Salmona opens Thursday July 23rd

Exhibition of Colombian Architect Rogelio Salmona opens Thursday July 23rd

For the last fifty years the Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona (1929-2007) was a key figure in the creation of buildings that were responsive to the cultural, historical and geographical context in Latin America and in the defense of public space in Colombian cities. His commitment and talent were widely acclaimed, and left an imprint on the quality of life of the inhabitants of Bogotá. Despite the recognition his architectural oeuvre has achieved nationally and internationally, to date there had not been an exhibition dedicated to Salmona's work.

 
Rogelio Salmona: Open Spaces / Collective Spaces was inaugurated in Bogotá on the 9th of April 2006, and has traveled to Seville, Lisbon, Madrid, Helsinki, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Seoul and Tokyo. The Curatorial CommitteeCristina Albornoz, Silvia Arango, Diana Barco, Ricardo Daza, Marta Devia, María Elvira Madrian and Tatiana Urrea - comprised of architects, architecture historians and critics, designed a monographic exhibition organized around the primary themes in Salmona's work.

This fully fabricated exhibition highlights 21 of his most renowned projects with original plans, drawings and photographs, as well as unique design elements such as five panoramic cylinders suspended from the ceiling into which visitors enter to view his projects, creating the sensation of being inside one of Salmona's designed spaces.

The exhibition will be open from July 23rd to September 30th at the Art Museum of the Americas located at 201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
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July 23, 2009

EL NUEVO HERALD - Colombia mostrará el corazón en Washington y Nueva York

EL NUEVO HERALD - Colombia mostrará el corazón en Washington y Nueva York

Por Nestro Ikeda - Colombia tiene ante el mundo una imagen vinculada a las drogas y violencia. Ahora quiere mostrar lo que tiene en el corazón.

Esa es la idea detrás de un esfuerzo pblico y privado del país sudamericano que debutará en Washington en septiembre y seguirá luego en Nueva York y Shanghai: ver qu hay de bueno en Colombia a travs de corazones gigantescos. Mxico es, por ejemplo, el país que más fuertemente promueve el turismo en las Amricas y Argentina su msica y comidas. Otros asocian la imagen de Mxico a balnearios, msica, pasado, ruinas antiguas, avances económicos y hasta licores.

Colombia, en un intento de mejorar su imagen estereotipada que le ha hecho difícil desarrollar sectores como el turístico, va a presentarse ahora como "marca país", un sinónimo de buenas cosas, dijo el mircoles María Claudia Lacouture, la gestora de la iniciativa.

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July 24, 2009

BLOOMBERG - Colombia Romances U.S. With PR Campaign After Trade Deal Stalls

BLOOMBERG - Colombia Romances U.S. With PR Campaign After Trade Deal Stalls

By Mark Drajem - Colombia, spurned by the U.S. Congress on a proposed free-trade alliance, is starting a public relations offensive that will dot Washington with eight-foot- tall hearts. Colombia will put 40 three-dimensional fiberglass heart sculptures around downtown. At Union Station near the Capitol, visitors will also be able to download free Colombian music, sample the country’s coffee and see pictures of buildings in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena, said Maria Claudia Lacouture, the campaign’s general manager.
The $800,000 tourism effort, funded by both the government and groups such as the coffee and flower growers, is intended to alter the perception among some in the U.S. that Colombia means drugs, violence and crime and isn’t intended to sway lawmakers on the trade accord, Lacouture said. 

 
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July 27, 2009

NYT - Surfacing - The Macarena Neighborhood of Bogotá

NYT - Surfacing - The Macarena Neighborhood of Bogotá

 

By Robert Reid - A FEW years ago, Macarena a neighborhood in central Bogotá backed against lush Andean mountains and wedged between office buildings and a bullring was a run-down area mostly avoided by tourists. Largely thanks to an influx of arty locals and expats chasing cheap rents, though, it’s been cleaned up, nicknamed Zona M, and now hosts a buzzing scene, mostly centered on the side street of Carrera 4A.
This is welcome news for many Bogotanos. A short walk from the busy Centro Internacional, the Macarena is easily accessible to this city of over six million, yet, as locals like to put it, it still lives like a village. And if it is a village, it’s certainly a global one.

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July 27, 2009

LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE - Colombia Names Coffee Executive as New Defense Minister

LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE - Colombia Names Coffee Executive as New Defense Minister

President Alvaro Uribe has named Gabriel Silva, an executive with the National Coffee Growers Federation, to be Colombia's new defense minister, the government said Monday. Silva will take up his post in August, the Office of the President said. The coffee executive succeeds Juan Manuel Santos, who resigned in May and plans to run for president in 2010 if Uribe decides against seeking a third term. Silva is a confidant of Santos.

The Defense Ministry has been run on an interim basis by Colombia's armed forces chief, Gen. Freddy Padilla de Leon, since Santos resigned. Uribe praised "the excellent work" done by Padilla de Leon, who will continue as military commander, the Office of the President said. Silva graduated with a degree in political science with a concentration in economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. He also did graduate studies in Economics and International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. as Ford Foundation fellow.

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July 2, 2009

IBD - On Free Trade, White House Must Lead

IBD - On Free Trade, White House Must Lead

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Trade: President Obama's encouraging words to Colombia's president Monday signaled an improving outlook for the two nations' long-delayed free trade treaty. It's good news, but he must take that message to Congress.Contrary to what you might think from the administration's responses to Iran and Honduras, not all of our friends are being snubbed or our enemies embraced. Obama showed considerable respect for our friend and ally Colombia at a working meeting with President Alvaro Uribe at the White House Monday, declaring at a joint press conference that "we are grateful for his friendship."
It was a commendable show of leadership, and an appropriate response to Colombia, an invaluable ally in fighting drugs,terrorism, as well as being a democratic model for the region. "President Uribe's administration I think has under very difficult circumstances performed admirably on a whole range of fronts," Obama said.

Better still, Obama said that passing Colombia's long-stalled free trade treaty was at the top of the bilateral agenda.
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July 1, 2009

Celebrate Independence Weekend listening to Colombian Music at the Folklife Festival

Celebrate Independence Weekend listening to Colombian Music at the Folklife Festival

 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 

The Embassy of Colombia is proud to announce the participation of three musical groups from Colombia in the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival to take place between June 24th  and July 5th  at the National Mall. All the events are free and open to the public. See Brochure

The calendar of performances and workshops for the Colombian groups are:

PERFORMANCES
Wednesady June 24th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  11:45 am

    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 3:05 pm
     

  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  12:35 am

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  11:45 am
     

  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  1:25 pm

Thursday June 25th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  11:45 am
     
  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  11:45 am
     
  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 3:05 pm

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  4:45 pm

Friday June 26th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  12:35 pm

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  4:45 pm
     

  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  11:00 am

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  3:05 pm
     

  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 3:55 pm

Saturday June 27th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  3:55 pm
     
  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  11:00 am
     
  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 11:45 pm

    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  4:45 pm

Sunday June 28th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  1:25 pm

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 3:55 pm
     

  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 3:05 pm
     
  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 2:15 pm 

 
Wednesday July 1st

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 3:05 pm
     
  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  11:00 am
     
  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 12:35 pm

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  4:45 pm

Thursday July 2nd

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 12:35 pm
     
  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  4:45 pm
     
  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 12:35 pm

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  4:45 pm

Friday July 3rd

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 1:25 pm
     
  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  11:00 am

    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 4:45 pm
     

  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 12:35 pm
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  4:45 pm

Saturday July4th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 11:00 am

    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 4:45 pm
     

  • Las Cantadoras del Pacifico
    Place: Dance Hall
    Time:  2:15 pm
     
  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  2:15 pm

Sunday July 5th

  • Grupo Cimarron
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time: 1:25 pm

    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 3:05 pm
     

  • Las Estrellas del Vallenato
    Place: Folkways Salon
    Time:  12:35 pm

    Place: Dance Hall
    Time: 4:45 p

WORKSHOPS
Wednesday, June 24th

  • 1:25 pm
    Rhythm Guitar Workshop
    Darwin Medina (Joropo Llanero); Alfonso Moreno, Aquiles Baez (Joropo Oriental); Tereso Vega (son de madera); Francisco Lujano (Cumaco)
     
  • 2:15 pm
    Percussion Workshop
    Francisco Espinel, Kerkyn, Roberto (Merengue); Tito,  Joksan, Eric (Bomba); Ricaurter, Julio, Tulio, Carlos (Currulao)
     
  • 3:05 pm
    Accordion workshop
    Javier Gámez, Oranjel Maestre (Vallenato}; David Farías (Conjunto); La India Canela  (Merengue Típico)
     
  • 4:45pm
    Music Movements: Regional and Global
    Orangel "Pangue" Maestre (Vallenato);   Tito Matos (Plena);    Ramón Gutirrez (Son de Madera) Quetzal Flores

Thursday June 25th

  • 11:00 am
    Percussion Workshop
    Rubí Oseguera (Son de Madera); Daniel Maestre (Vallenato); Tito Matos (Viento de Agua);Jos Uribe (Grupo Cumaco)
     
  • 12:35 pm
    Accordion Workshop
    Javier Gámez, Oranjel Maestre (Vallenato}; David Farías (Conjunto); La India Canela  (Merengue Típico); Monico Márquez (Joropo Oriental)
     
  • 1:25 pm
    Harps Workshop
    Carlos Rojas (Cimarrón); Marcelo Rojas (Paraguay)
     
  • 2:15 pm
    Currulao Across Generations: Women Singers
    Las Cantadoras del Pacífico
     
  • 4:45pm
    Improvisation Styles
    Rubí Oseguera, Natalia Arroyo (Son de Madera) Gladys Bazán(Cantadoras); Ana Veydó (Cimarrón)

Friday June 26th

  • 11:00 am
    Music and Land
    Tito Matos (Plena);Isaac Carrillo,(Vallenato) Luis Moreno (Joropo Llanero)
     
  • 1:25 pm
    Drumming Workshop
    Francisco Espinal (Merengue); Daniel Maestre (Vallenato); Ricarurter Rivas, Julio Mancilla, Tulio Prado (Currulao); Jos Uribe (Grupo Cumaco)
     
  • 2:15 pm
    Tradiciones de joropo
    Carlos Rojas, Ferney Rojas, Darwin Medina, Carlos Cedeo, Freyman Cárdenas (joropo llanero); Remigio Fuentes, Alberto Valderrama, Alfonso Moreno,  Roberto Koch joropo oriental)
     
  • 3:05 pm
    Folkways Recordings Collaborations
    Carlos Rojas, Joropo llanero, Patricia Abdelnour

Saturday June 27th

  • 2:15 pm
    Folkways Recordings Studio Sessions
    Stories  Carlos Rojas, Ana Veydó, (Cimarrón); Isaac Carrillo (Vallenato), Ramón Gutirrez  (Son de Madera)  
     
  • 3:05 pm
    African Roots in Music
    Seleccion de Las Cantadoras del Pacífico  y del grupo Cumaco
     
  • 4:45 pm
    Vocal Styles Workshop
    Gladys Bazán y ? (currulao); Tito Matos, Guillermo Cubero (plena); Francisco Lujano, Carmen Camacho (cumaco)

Sunday June 28th

  • 11:00 am
    Women in Music: Challenges & Transformations
    Gladys Bazán (Currulao), Ana Veydó (Cimarrón); La India Canela; Rubí Oseguera, Natalia Arroyo (Son de Madera)
     
  • 11:45 am
    Giros, Giras, Maracas, & Guacharacas
    Kerlyn Coronado (merengue); Jaine Maestre (Vallenato); Freymán Cárdenas (Cimarrón); Remigio Fuentes/Jos Martínez (oriental)
     
  • 12:35 am
    Rhythm Workshop
    Daniel Maestre, Jaime Maestre  (Vallenato); Tito Matos, Guillermo Cubero, Joksan Ramos (Plena);  Jos Uribe, Luis Aponte (Cumaco)

Wednesday July 1st

  • 11:00 am
    Trovadores: Improvisation and Song
    Artemio Posadas (Huasteco); Miguel Santiago (Jíbaro); Luis Moreno (Cimarrón)
     
  • 1:25 pm
    Currulao Worshop
    Las Cantadoras del Pacífico

Thursday July 2nd

  • 11:00 am
    Vocal Styles across Traditions
    Miguel Santiago (Ecos); Ismael Hernández y Chuy Guzmán (Mariachi); Ana Veydó, Luis Moreno (Cimarrón); Hernán Marín (Joropo Oriental)
     
  • 11:45 am
    Vocal Styles across Traditions
    Miguel Santiago (Ecos); Ismael Hernández y Chuy Guzmán (Mariachi); Ana Veydó, Luis Moreno (Cimarrón); Hernán Marín (Joropo Oriental)
     
  • 3:05 pm
    Joropo Llanero workshop
    Grupo Cimarrón      

Friday July 3rd

  • 3:55 pm
    Folkways Recordings Studio Experiences
    Trinidad, Eliseo Lovo (Chanchona); Carlos Rojas, Ana Veydó (Cimarrón); Pangue Maestre, Isaac Carrillo (Vallenato); Pete Reiniger

Saturday July 4rd

  • 1:25 pm
    Vocal Styles across Traditions
    Hernán Marín, Luis Beltran (Joropo Oriental);  Isaac Carrillo (Vallenato); Miguel Santiago (Ecos); Ana Veydó, Luis Moreno (Cimarrón)
     
  • 11:45 am
    Currulao Workshop
    Las Cantadoras del Pacífico
     
  • 3:05pm
    Song Stories
    Isaac Carrillo (Vallenato); Don Beto Cruz y Jess García

NOTE: LOCATION OF ALL WORKSHOPS IS AT LA PEA TENT  AT THE NATIONAL MALL

July 29, 2009

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, July 29th (Office of the Press Secretary). The Government of Colombia states:

  1. In October 2008, the Security Forces of Colombia seized three rocket-launchers in a camp of the narcoterrorist group FARC, in La Macarena, department of Meta.
  2. The Swedish Government has confirmed that this material was produced in Sweden and sold to Venezuela in 1988.
  3. Sweden has requested an explanation from Venezuela.
  4. On June 2, 2009, during a private meeting in San Pedro de Sula (Honduras), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Jaime Bermdez, gave to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, a document proving the possession of those rocket-launchers by FARC narcoterrorists, the same rocket-launchers that were a part of to the stock sold by the Government of Sweden to the Government of Venezuela in 1988.
  5. In the same meeting, Minister Bermdez provided documented information regarding two leaders of the FARC terrorist group who mentioned the collaboration of three high officials of the Government of Venezuela in the delivery of rocket-launchers with similar characteristics to the ones that were subsequently seized by the Colombian Security Forces in La Macarena.
  6. The Government of Colombia delivered this information in a discreet way, with the purpose of obtaining an explanation from Venezuela.
  7. To date, Venezuela has not provided an answer, regardless of Colombia’s permanent and reiterated willingness to dialogue.
  8. The Government of Colombia has received additional information that shows that the FARC narcoterrorist group has been trying to obtain surface-to-air missiles.
  9. The FARC narcoterrorist group plans the purchase such missiles through international weapon dealers in other countries.
  10. The Government of Colombia has also requested and will continue to request the cooperation of these countries to stop these terrorist weapons deals and capture the responsible dealers.


Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 29th of July, 2009. (END)

July 6, 2009

"What does the compensation effort means? It is an expression, from our souls, to avoid seeds of hate, to avoid revenge, so the country can create all the spiritual conditions for a total reconciliation the Head of State pointed when he was giving the first three indemnities in Popayán. The Leader asked for forgiveness to the victims of the violence in the country.

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Popayan, Cauca, July 5 (SP). The first act to give the solidarity compensations to the victims of violence who requested administrative compensation is an expression from the soul, to avoid seeds of hate, President lvaro Uribe said. That was pointed by the President, during the act to give the three first compensations, to citizens who lost their families in violent situations by illegal armed groups. What does the compensation effort means? It is an expression, from our souls, to avoid seeds of hate, to avoid revenge, so the country can create all the spiritual conditions for a total reconciliation, the Head of State expressed.

Uribe Vlez reiterated that full compensation does not exist, but by giving them this indemnities, the country makes an effort leaving behind the economic meaning. The country is making this effort, leaving behind the meaning of economic issues and putting on front the need to have an expression from the soul of Colombian institutions, to contribute to create that ideal scenario to a sincere reconciliation of all Colombians, he said.
The President agreed to what Eduardo Pizarro, president of the National Commission of Compensation and Reconciliation, said at the ceremony, and asked the victims for forgiveness for  a violence that have existed since the middle 40s, and which should end through the Democratic Security Policy.

That is why, I with the responsibility of being the President of the Republic, for be elected as the Head of State, and also for instructions from my soul, for memories, for pain, for nostalgia, I want to join Eduardo Pizarro in what he said, to ask all Colombians for forgiveness and make a commitment that we will not save any efforts to recover peace through security with democratic values, he said.

The individual administrative compensation program, which shows today its first progress in Popayan, was created by the National Government by the 1290 decree of 2008, with the purpose to grant individual compensation to those victims who, before April 22 of 2008, were damaged and suffered from violation of their rights by actions of illegal armed groups. This first delivery of compensations includes two thousand victims, 300 of them received it in Popayán, and the other 1.700 received it simultaneously all around the country.

Acción Social Presidential Agency confirmed that, until today, around 240 thousand people are registered to receive this kind of compensation.
Before de end of this year 10 thousand families of victims will receive this compensation. The Head of State highlighted this fact. Mr. Eduardo Pizarro Leon Gomez was telling me, for his opinion columns, that this is one of the biggest efforts ever made in the world. And now, we have 240 thousand victims registered. Between today and December, this expression of our souls that we call compensation, but full compensation does not exists. It is a supportive aid to the victims that will reach 10 thousand fellow countrymen, he finished.

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July 8, 2009
The Head of State will participate in the Allen & Company Sun Valley Annual Conference to show the progress of Colombia in the last years, this Thursday July 9. In addition he will hold meetings with important United States businessmen, including the founder of Dell Inc. company, Michael Dell; the President and CEO of Nokia, Jorma Ollila, and the founder and president of Discovery Communications, John Hendricks.

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Bogotá, July 8. The President of Colombia, lvaro Uribe Vlez will travel on Wednesday July 8 to Sun Valley city, Idaho, where he was invited to participate in the Allen & Company Sun Valley Annual Conference to show and analyze progress in Colombia. In addition he will hold meetings with important United States Businessmen. The conference was arranged by Helbert Allen, president of Allen & Company and will take place on Thursday July 9 at 10:25am (local time) at the Sun Valley Lodge Hotel.

The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is an annual event arranged and financed by private investment from the Allen & Company. Since 1983 this conference has taken place, for one week in July, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Business leaders, politicians and important figures of philanthropy and culture are gathered for this event. Last year guests included as Bill and Melinda Gates; Warren and Susan Buffett; Tony Blair, and Robert Johnson, founder of BET.

The Head of State will be accompanied by the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Luis Guillermo Plata and the Ambassador of Colombia in Washington, Carolina Barco.

President Uribe’s Agenda in Sun Valley.

Wednesday, July 8 2009

9:00am. Boarding of President Uribe and his delegation to the Presidential Airplane BBJ FAC 0001, with destination to the Hailey International Airport of Sun Valley.

President Alvaro Uribe will attend in the night to a dinner hosted by Herbert Allen. Michael Dell, founder of Dell Inc. and Robert Experian from Group Limited are also invited to de dinner.

Thursday, July 9 2009

10:25 am. Participation of President lvaro Uribe Vlez at the Allen / Company Sun Valley Conference.

12:00m. Lunch at the Dockpond with Denis Cortese, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic; Jorma Ollila, President and CEO of Nokia Corporation; Marc Baylin, Vice president Oppenheimer Funds investment company, and Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

6:30 p.m. The Head of State will attend a dinner hosted by Herbert Allen.  John Hendricks, founder and president of Discovery Communications; Bob Iger, president and executive director of Walt Disney Company; Jeffrey Katzenberg, co founder y CEO of Dream Works Animation SKG, and Jay Y. Lee, Vice president of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd will also be attending.   

 

July 14, 2009

La Embajada de Colombia ante los Estados Unidos,  la Misión de Colombia ante la Organización de Estados Americanos, el Consulado General de Colombia en Washington y la Fundación Todos por Colombia invita a un evento gratuito para celebrar el 20 de Julio.
Los detalles son los siguientes:

Fecha: 20 de julio
Lugar: Museo de las Amricas
201 18thst NW, Washington DC, 20006
Hora: 6:30 p.m.  

Para unirse a la  celebracion de nuestra independencia, la obra del reconocido arquitecto colombiano Rogelio Salmona abrirá  este dia en exclusiva para la comunidad colombiana. El encuentro tambien contará con  msica y talento colombiano.

IMPORTANTE: Para poder asistir es necesario reclamar las boletas en la Embajada de Colombia (2118 Leroy Place NW) o en la Misión de Colombia ante la OEA (1609 22nd ST NW). Se entregarán un máximo de 4 boletas por persona.  

 

 

 

July 21, 2009
Washington, DC Maria Claudia Lacouture, General Manager of Colombia is Passion, will hold a press roundtable on Wednesday to discuss the announcement of a  new cultural art exhibition, themed Discover Colombia Through Its Heart, which will be showcased at Washington, DC’s Union Station and throughout the city in September 2009.

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Who:               Maria Claudia Lacouture, Colombia is Passion General Manger

What:              Roundtable to discuss the announcement of international cultural exhibit, Discover Colombia Through Its Heart

When:             8:30 am, Wednesday, July 22

Where:           Colombian Trade Office, 1901 L st NW - Suite 700
                        Washington, DC
 

The exhibit will feature seven interactive 13-foot heart sculptures, displayed in Washington’s central train hub.  Each of the seven displays will spotlight a different facet of Colombia from its culture, music and talented artists, to the nation’s beautiful landscape, cities and flora and fauna. The exhibit also includes 40 eight-foot heart sculptures, which will appear along the streets of Washington, DC and in Nationals Stadium.  Each one of the smaller hearts is artistically painted to highlight an unknown aspect of Colombia.

The 11-day exhibition will include musical and cultural performances and other educational programs, and free coffee, giving Washingtonians and visitors to nation’s capital an opportunity to learn more about the people and culture of Colombia. The Colombia is Passion campaign was developed to promote the country abroad and encourage business investment, tourism and enhanced cultural relations with nations around the world. The logo of the campaign is a heart, which symbolizes the passion of the Colombian people the driving force that guides their creativity, determination, warmth and kindness.

The exhibition will be free and open to the public. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.

CONTACT: 
Sandra Ocampo Kohn
so@colombiaemb.org

Gretchen Hamel                 
gretchen@endeavourgs.com

Note: Please RSVP to Sandra Ocampo Kohn, by Tuesday 21, 10 am.

 

July 23, 2009

Gilles de KerchoveWe declare and admit, indeed, that President Uribe’s Democratic Security Policy has had important successes, Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, said this Wednesday in his visit to the country. After his meeting with the Colombian Leader, the EU coordinator highlighted the importance that fundamental and human rights have for the European Union. We consider, from the EU, that we must place the victims of terrorism and violence in the core of our work, because that helps us to illegitimate terrorist groups and get rid of that glamour that they intend to sell the diplomat said.

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He also told how President Uribe explained to him the efforts of the National Government to deal with victims of violence, such as the Administrative Reparation (compensation), which began last 5 of July in the city of Popayán. As for the eradication of coca crops policies, Gilles de Kerchove stated that the EU does not support air spraying; it supports manual eradication and alternative crops. He said that the Colombian Head of State asked him to send a message in Europe so the EU increases its support to Colombia to develop alternative eradication methods.

Regarding to the drug transportation route in West Africa, Mr. Kerchove explained that in the coming months there will be an operative agreement between the European Police Office (Europol) and Colombian Forces for information exchange. He also said he respects the agreement between Colombia and the United States for military air bases in our country to fight terrorism and drug trafficking.

I am not supposed to give my opinion about the political agreements between Colombia and the United States, but we understand that exchanging information and intelligence is important, for each part, and in that way, Plan Colombia has helped to the normalization of the country and I believe that a close cooperation on information exchange, in general, is a good idea, he expressed.

As for Farc’s activities outside Colombia, he stated that is where international cooperation must be reinforced, information and intelligence exchange. The EU put three illegal armed organizations in the EU terrorists list: the Farc, Eln and Auc. And if someone support these groups, for Europe, that is a violation of legality.


 

At the end, De Kerchove announced that the Ministers Council of the European Union endorsed cooperation between Colombia and Europol, which will allow information exchange. I am going to ask the Director of Europol, to arrange some meetings in the offices of Europol in La Haya, to talk about Farc’s activities in foreign countries, he finished.  

July 27, 2009

President Uribe has announced that Dr. Gabriel Silva Lujan has been appointed new Minister of Defense.
The President highlighted the excellent work performed as a minister by  general Freddy Padilla de Leon, who will continue as General Commander of the Armed Forces. 
The new minister will take posession in August.  

July 27, 2009

Qu etapas componen el proceso de selección de aspirantes a ingresar a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular?
El proceso de selección de aspirantes a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular comprende:

a. La convocatoria.
b. La inscripción para el concurso.
c. La aplicación de pruebas de ingreso a la Academia Diplomática, incluida la entrevista personal.
d. Conformación de la lista de elegibles de acuerdo con los resultados del concurso.
e. La evaluación y calificación del rendimiento en la Academia.
f. El nombramiento en período de prueba.

Cuál es el objeto del proceso de selección de aspirantes a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular?
El proceso de selección tiene como objetivo garantizar el ingreso de personal idóneo a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular, con base en el mrito, mediante procedimientos que permitan la participación, en igualdad de condiciones, de quienes demuestren poseer los requisitos para ingresar.

 

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Con qu frecuencia se realiza el Concurso de Ingreso a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular?
Los concursos de ingreso se realizan una vez al ao y son convocados con suficiente anticipación.

Cuáles son los requisitos para concursar?

a. Ser colombiano de nacimiento y no tener doble nacionalidad
b. Poseer título universitario oficialmente reconocido, expedido por establecimiento de Educación Superior.*
c. Tener definida su situación militar.
d. Hablar y escribir correctamente, además del espaol, otro idioma de uso diplomático.
* Los títulos que se hayan expedido en el exterior deberán tener Resolución de Convalidación expedida por el Ministerio de Educación Nacional.

Qu documentos se requieren para la inscripción?
Se debe presentar diligenciado, el formulario de inscripción suministrado por la Academia Diplomática, que podrá encontrar en la página web del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores www.cancilleria.gov.co

a. Fotocopia legible de la cdula de ciudadanía.
b. Fotocopia autenticada del título universitario y del acta de grado. *
c. Certificados de que habla y escribe correctamente idioma(s) de uso diplomático
d. Fotocopia de la libreta militar.
e. Una fotografía para documento, tipo pasaporte (a color 3 X 4).
f. Fotocopia del Certificado Judicial vigente, expedido por el DAS.
*Los títulos que se hayan expedido en el exterior deberán tener Resolución de convalidación expedida por el Ministerio de Educación.

Dónde debe realizarse la inscripción al Concurso de Ingreso a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular?
Los aspirantes deberán inscribirse en la sede de la Academia Diplomática, Calle 10 No. 5-27, del 04 de agosto al 04 de septiembre de 2009 en el horario de 8:00 am a 6:00 pm en la ciudad de Bogotá, personalmente o por correo certificado expreso dentro de las fechas indicadas anteriormente.

Cuanto cuesta presentarse al concurso?
No tiene ningn costo porque es un concurso pblico para ingresar a una carrera laboral especial del Estado.
Qu pruebas deben presentar los aspirantes a ingresar a la carrera diplomática y consular y cuál es su valor?

a. Prueba Escrita
En esta prueba se evaluará el nivel de conocimientos, el criterio, la coherencia, la capacidad de reflexión y de análisis, así como el manejo escrito y las habilidades de redacción en el idioma espaol. Esta prueba constará de preguntas de selección mltiple con nica respuesta y preguntas abiertas.
Tienen un valor integral del 45% del total de las pruebas del Concurso y versarán sobre:
- Relaciones Internacionales 15%
- Ciencia Política 10%
- Economía 10%
- Conceptos básicos de Derecho Internacional 10%
b. Prueba de Idiomas de Uso Diplomático
La prueba de los Idiomas de uso Diplomático estará constituida de una fase escrita y una oral. Estará orientada a evaluar el dominio del Idioma de uso diplomático considerando aspectos como la coherencia, la capacidad de expresión escrita y oral, y el uso del vocabulario apropiado.
Será desarrollada por una institución especializada seleccionada por el Consejo Acadmico.
Tiene un valor del 20% del total de las pruebas del Concurso
c. Entrevista
La entrevista está comprendida en la segunda fase de la presentación de pruebas. Solo podrán realizar la entrevista quienes hayan obtenido un puntaje igual o superior al que se especifica en la resolución que convoca el concurso.
Esta tendrá en cuenta el ejercicio psicotcnico que adelantará el concursante, el cual tendrá un carácter meramente orientador para la Comisión de entrevistas. La entrevista tendrá por objeto determinar la idoneidad o la aptitud del concursante para iniciar el proceso de formación con miras a ingresar a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular de la Repblica, sobre parámetros expresamente indicados por el Consejo Acadmico.
Tiene un valor del 35% del total de las pruebas del concurso.
El concursante que acredite un tercer idioma (solo para los concursantes que pasen a la segunda fase de la presentación de pruebas) podrá obtener un reconocimiento de hasta dos (2) puntos adicionales al puntaje final que haya obtenido, previa presentación de prueba sobre este tercer idioma ante el jurado calificador, la cual debe tener, igualmente, los componentes oral y escrito.

Cómo son evaluadas la prueba escrita, las pruebas de idiomas de uso diplomático y la entrevista?
Cada una de las pruebas es calificada de cero (0) a cien (100) puntos, siendo el puntaje mínimo aprobatorio ochenta (80) puntos.

Cómo es conformada la lista de profesionales integrantes del Curso de Formación Diplomática?
Serán admitidos en la Academia Diplomática para adelantar el Curso de Capacitación Diplomática, hasta veinte (20) alumnos, seleccionados en estricto orden de puntaje descendente, entre quienes hayan obtenido una calificación igual o superior a ochenta (80) puntos.

Cómo es notificada la lista de profesionales admitidos para el Curso de Formación Diplomática?
La lista de los profesionales admitidos para el Curso de Formación Diplomática se publicará en las carteleras de la Academia, y en la página web www.cancilleria.gov.co del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores.

Pueden presentarse reclamaciones sobre el proceso?
Si, dentro de los trminos y parámetros establecidos por la resolución expedida anualmente por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, a travs de la cual se convoca al Concurso de Ingreso a la Carrera Diplomática y Consular.  

Formulario de Inscripción

 

July 29, 2009

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, July 29th (Office of the Press Secretary). The Government of Colombia states:

  1. In October 2008, the Security Forces of Colombia seized three rocket-launchers in a camp of the narcoterrorist group FARC, in La Macarena, department of Meta.
  2. The Swedish Government has confirmed that this material was produced in Sweden and sold to Venezuela in 1988.
  3. Sweden has requested an explanation from Venezuela.
  4. On June 2, 2009, during a private meeting in San Pedro de Sula (Honduras), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Jaime Bermdez, gave to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, a document proving the possession of those rocket-launchers by FARC narcoterrorists, the same rocket-launchers that were a part of to the stock sold by the Government of Sweden to the Government of Venezuela in 1988.
  5. In the same meeting, Minister Bermdez provided documented information regarding two leaders of the FARC terrorist group who mentioned the collaboration of three high officials of the Government of Venezuela in the delivery of rocket-launchers with similar characteristics to the ones that were subsequently seized by the Colombian Security Forces in La Macarena.
  6. The Government of Colombia delivered this information in a discreet way, with the purpose of obtaining an explanation from Venezuela.
  7. To date, Venezuela has not provided an answer, regardless of Colombia’s permanent and reiterated willingness to dialogue.
  8. The Government of Colombia has received additional information that shows that the FARC narcoterrorist group has been trying to obtain surface-to-air missiles.
  9. The FARC narcoterrorist group plans the purchase of such missiles through international weapon dealers in other countries.
  10. The Government of Colombia has also requested and will continue to request the cooperation of these countries to stop these terrorist weapons deals and capture the responsible dealers.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 29th of July, 2009. (END)  

July 28, 2009

CBS - Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight

CBS - Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

U.S. forces are about to get some much-needed help asthey fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan in an exclusive report. The Colombian commandos are U.S. trained and battle-tested from having defeated terrorists in their own country.  Ten years ago, they didn't even exist. Today, elite Colombian Special Operations troops are preparing to fight alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan.

For Colombia, it's a way to give something back to the U.S., and the American Green Berets who've spent the last decade training them. General Freddy Padilla de Leon, Colombia's top military man, chose an interview with Logan to make the surprise announcement his men would join the fight in Afghanistan.  "Very soon ... Maybe in August or September. This will be our first opportunity in our history," Padilla said.

Colombia's recent history is written in blood. An insurgency waged by leftist guerillas known as the FARC. And funded with drug money brought Colombia to its knees.  Colombia today is a different world. The economy is thriving and order has been restored.

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