Category Archives: COLOMBIA

Piedad Cordoba Leaves Colombia after Death Threat

Bogota, Aug. 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba left the country after receiving a death threat, sources close to the human rights activist confirmed.

Senator Ivan Cepeda, of the opposition Alternative Democratic Pole, said that Cordoba told him by telephone last night that she was leaving the country because the threats had intensified and her life was in immediate danger. Continue reading

Colombian FARC Willing to Talk with Gov´t

Bogota,(Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reaffirmed its political will to take the necessary steps toward an eventual peace process that will end the internal armed conflict. In a message signed by the FARC National Secretariat and addressed to participants in a national peace conference, the guerrilla group maintained its willingness to explore the path to dialogue with the government. Continue reading

Former President Faces Lawsuit in Colombia

Bogota, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Former President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) on Tuesday was summoned by the Attorney General’s Office after he was sued for slander and defamation charges.

Uribe will appear in court for a conciliation hearing, after political analyst Leon Valencia sued him for libel. Continue reading

Colombia, Brazil to Boost Trade

Bogota,  (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will open a business forum on Thursday to boost trade between their nations.

The event, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, will be attended by about 500 business leaders and political authorities from both countries who will tackle business opportunities in the bilateral context. Continue reading

Colombian President Visits Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos begins a state visit to Mexico on the invitation of President Felipe Calderon.

  The two leaders will sign several agreements and review various issues and joint actions, particularly in the fight against drug trafficking, the international political situation and the environment. Continue reading

Colombia Celebrates 201 Years of Independence

Bogota, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian people are celebrating 201 years of independence on Wednesday with a military parade and a variety of cultural events, for which security was stepped up all over the country. Continue reading

Corruption Scandal Marks Week in Colombia

Bogota, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Disclosures of a vast embezzlement scheme in the Colombian national tax authority involving several officials led the headlines in the local press this week.

President Juan Manuel Santos revealed the scandal, saying that sizeable fraudulent operations were detected in reports on the Value Added Tax collection within the tax authority, the DIAN. Continue reading