January 9, 2009- News Clips - Q & A with Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos

LA TIMES - Santos will meet with Barack Obama soon after inauguration to try to persuade him to continue Plan Colombia, the $556-million-a-year U.S. aid plan. He discusses the case he will make.  
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January 9, 2009- News Clips - Q & A with Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos

LA TIMES - Santos will meet with Barack Obama soon after inauguration to try to persuade him to continue Plan Colombia, the $556-million-a-year U.S. aid plan. He discusses the case he will make.  
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January 7, 2009- News Clips - Colombia's Foreign Policy in 2009

 
SEMANA - Minister of Foreign Relations Jaime Bermdez tells how he plans to redirect the management and scope of Colombia’s foreign policy in 2009.
 
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December 17, 2008- Press Releases - En las operaciones, que se cumplieron en 15 departamentos del país, fueron capturadas 52 personas, informó la Policía Antinarcóticos. Mediante la erradicación de cultivos de coca por fumigación area, la Policía Antinarcóticos ha destruido este ao 129 mil 155 hectáreas en 15 departamentos del país. Al entregar su balance anual de operaciones, la institución destacó las acciones adelantadas en Antioquia, Putumayo, Guaviare, Nario, Meta, Vichada y Bolívar. Dentro de los resultados del 2008 se destaca el procedimiento de erradicación por vía de interdicción, mecanismo por el cual los hombres de antidrogas lograron detectar y destruir 270 laboratorios para el procesamiento de la hoja de coca. En los operativos las autoridades capturaron a 52 personas en Antioquia, Putumayo, Córdoba y Vichada. 
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November 21, 2008- Press Releases - In the city of Lima, on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders Summit, the President of Colombia,  lvaro Uribe Velez will meet  on Friday  November 21st with Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, to sign the Colombia - Canada FTA. Other important agreements that will be formalized include one to avoid double taxation, a Labor Agreement and an Environmental Agreement. These treaties will provide a permanent preferential market for Colombian goods and services exports, and determines a framework of transparency and certainty for the protection of Canadian investments.      
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November 21, 2008- Op-eds - EDITORIAL - Pass the Colombia free trade pact

 
DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- Nov. 20. Time is running out on a fast-tracked Colombia free trade agreement, largely because of pre-election stalling tactics by congressional opponents. The best argument they have mustered is that Colombia still needs to improve its human rights record, particularly regarding attacks on trade unionists. That's a fair argument in a free-trade debate, since the oppression of organized labor unfairly helps corporations keep production costs low and undercut their U.S. competitors. But in the case of Colombia, it's an argument whose time has passed.
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