US to help Colombia in peace, $450m pledged

Obama said he planned to ask Congress for some $450 million in U.S. assistance for Colombia in his final budget, acceding to Santos' request that the U.S. increase its aid to the country this year.

After a series of meetings designed to celebrate de 15 aniversary of "Plan Colombia"  Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came to the White House on the verge of a historic truce with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, that promises to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict.

As usual for the US goverment Obama said "In short, a country that was on the brink of collapse is now on the brink of peace,In Colombia today, there is hope." which didn't set well with most colombians. They do aknowledge the help but not the "failing state" remark.

President Barack Obama has said he will ask the US Congress for $450m in aid to help Colombia implement a peace deal with the Farc rebel group. The proposed funding will also support de-mining, humanitarian and counter-narcotics projects. This comes in a moment when the, the 15-year-old Plan Colombia, a $10 billion U.S. program to fight insurgency and the narcotics trade, is soon to be over.

Although Congress must approve any funds that Obama requests, aid for Colombia has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support, as the U.S. seeks to promote stability in the country that has become America's staunchest ally in the region.

Although a great success, President Santos did not get all he was asking for. One of the points, getting FARC out of the Terrorist List was met with a profound NO for an answer, as US goverment said that as long as they still at arms they will remain on the list.

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