Former Colombian Ambassador to US Claims FARC Guerrillas Still Have Weapons

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jun 30, 2017, 11:28 am
“Es un error celebrar la entrega de las armas como si fuera la totalidad. Es claro que Farc y disidencias tienen armas. ¡Más transparencia!”, escribió Pinzón.
United States Ambassador to Colombia Juan Carlos Pinzon said not all arms have been surrendered as some officials have claimed, though Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos seemed to disagree. (Zippyshare)

EspañolOfficials have recently expressed their concern that not all the arms belonging to The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have actually been surrendered in accordance with a peace deal with the government.

Recently, Former Colombia Ambassador to the United States and former Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said not all arms have been surrendered as some officials have claimed, though Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos seemed to disagree.

“(History) has been correct in saying that the desire for power brings out the worst in human nature,” he said in an interview with Blu Radio. Santos also avoided responding directly because he didn’t want to get “caught up in controversies.”

FARC reached a peace deal with the Santos adminsitration late last year, and has since been surrendering its weapons to a United Nations task force assisting with the disarmament.

Tweet: It is a mistake to celebrate the surrendering of weapons as if that were everything. It is clear that the FARC and their dissidents still have weapons. We need more honesty!

Santos also said in his interview with Blue Radio that Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon had made an alliance with former presidents Álvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana — one which he said is “not motivate by a noble cause.”

“I look on this allegiance with a certain amount of sadness,” he said. “It’s motivated by very negative emotions that I hope we can eradicate from the hearts of Colombians: hate, jealousy, selfishness. Negative emotions that are very powerful, but very destructive.”

He went on to describe his opposition as acidic, rancorous and “full of lies.”

“I have put up with it for almost seven years,” he said, “and sometimes I say, ‘thank God for it, because as a result I have been forced to work harder and achieve better results.'”

Source: Blu Radio

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.

Venezuelan Colonel Who Shoved the National Assembly’s President Gets Showered with Medals

By: Max Radwin - Jun 30, 2017, 10:23 am
President of Venezuela's National Assembly

Only days after a viral video caught him aggressively pushing a high-standing congressman, Colonel Vladimir Lugo Armas received Venezuela's highest presidential honor Thursday, June 30 from dictator Nicolás Maduro himself. Lugo received the Cross of the Bolivarian National Guard and the Cross of the Presidential Guard for his service in providing security to the country's Legislative Palace where, just two days earlier, he had shoved President of the National Assembly and member of the opposition Julio Borges. The regime held the event in the Military Academy Theater in the capital of Caracas, and broadcast it on a state-run television channel. Read More: Venezuelan Congress Held Hostage by Army, Chavista Paramilitaries Read More: Reporters in Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Dictatorship The video that circulated this week showed Borges confronting Lugo about his aggressive behavior toward female members of the National Assembly and journalists. The two men began arguing, with Lugo claiming that this role as commander of the military held more importance than Borges' presidency in the National Assembly. He then pushed Borges out of the room. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Members of the opposition claimed Lugo violated the congressional immunity that National Assembly members possess from arrest and other influence of law enforcement. Additionally, they questioned why Lugo and his army would treat Borges that way if they were supposed to be there protecting them. The incident took place a day after paramilitary groups attacked the Legislative Palace with explosives in response to the delivery of sealed boxes from the National Electoral Council. Because Maduro is trying to rewrite the constitution through a Constituent Assembly and the opposition is trying to establish a parallel government, the groups demanded to see what the boxes contained. Many members of the National Assembly were forced to remain inside the building until 11 p.m., and reportedly received little to no protection from the military during that time. Borges said the paramilitary attack as well as the shove he received from Lugo further demonstrated that the colonel was taking orders from Maduro and his regime. The decoration Lugo received Thursday more than suggests Borges may be on to something. Source: AVN

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