Colombian president-elect wants to get along with neighbors

During a visit to South Florida, Colombia’s incoming president said he hopes to improve ties in the region and focus his administration on rooting out poverty and record-high unemployment.

Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he hoped to repair his nation’s tattered relationship with Venezuela and Ecuador — even as the Colombian government threatened to open fresh wounds in the ongoing battle.

Speaking in Coral Gables, Santos called on Ecuador and Venezuela to join in talks to resolve issues about trade and border security that “benefit everyone.”

The plea came as the Colombian government announced Thursday morning that it had evidence that four leaders of the leftist Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, or FARC, were living in Venezuela — a charge that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has denied in the past.

`TERRORISTS’

  In an address to the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce at the Biltmore Hotel, Santos said the issue of “terrorists in Venezuelan territory” needs to be discussed.

“You can have differences with your neighbors, but if you also have respect, you can have cordial relations,” he said. “It’s the people who suffer when leaders fight.”

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Juan Manuel Santos, Presidente electo de Colombia durante su visita a Miami en el Biltmore Hotel

Santos invita a Venezuela a evaluar la presencia de guerrilleros en ese país.

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El presidente electo de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, invitó al diálogo a los gobiernos de Ecuador y Venezuela para lograr el restablecimiento de las relaciones.

Durante un encuentro con empresarios en Miami, Santos se refirió a las pruebas que tiene el Ministerio de Defensa sobre la presencia de jefes guerrilleros en Venezuela y dijo que se pueden buscar soluciones.

“Por qué no restablecer el diálogo para ver cómo, por ejemplo, podemos resolver el problema que hoy está sobre la mesa, la presencia de terroristas en territorio venezolano. Si no hay diálogo, cómo podemos resolver nosotros esos problemas”, dijo Santos.

“Uno puede tener muchas diferencias con una persona, pero si se respetan las diferencias, si hay respeto a la relación, las relaciones pueden ser cordiales”, agregó el Jefe de Estado, ante cerca de 500 empresarios y representantes de entidades comerciales de La Florida.

“No quiere decir que uno se va a entregar ni que el otro se le va a entregar a uno, simplemente respetando las diferencias podemos encontrar un diálogo que nos permita resolver problemas para beneficio de todos”, puntualizó Santos.

La reunión del presidente electo de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, con los empresarios, organizada por la Cámara Colombo Americana, duró aproximadamente dos horas y se cumplió en el lujoso hotel Biltmore de Miami.

Colombian president-elect wants to get along with neighbors

During a visit to South Florida, Colombia’s incoming president said he hopes to improve ties in the region and focus his administration on rooting out poverty and record-high unemployment.

Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he hoped to repair his nation’s tattered relationship with Venezuela and Ecuador — even as the Colombian government threatened to open fresh wounds in the ongoing battle.

Speaking in Coral Gables, Santos called on Ecuador and Venezuela to join in talks to resolve issues about trade and border security that “benefit everyone.”

The plea came as the Colombian government announced Thursday morning that it had evidence that four leaders of the leftist Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, or FARC, were living in Venezuela — a charge that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has denied in the past.

`TERRORISTS’

In an address to the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce at the Biltmore Hotel, Santos said the issue of “terrorists in Venezuelan territory” needs to be discussed.

“You can have differences with your neighbors, but if you also have respect, you can have cordial relations,” he said. “It’s the people who suffer when leaders fight.”

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Santos to meet US businessmen in Miami

Santos_in Miami - Photo EFE Colombia’s President-Elect Juan Manuel Santos will travel to Miami Thursday to attend a lunch meeting held by the U .S. Chamber of Commerce in his honor.

At the meeting, Santos is expected to give a speech regarding trade and international relations to an audience comprised primarily of Miami-based Colombians and businessmen of other nationalities, who do business with Colombia.

The 500-capacity $100-per-head lunch, to be held Miami’s Hotel Biltmore, is completely sold out.

Santos was in Europe last week, where he met with German, Spanish and French leaders.

The president-elect will begin a Latin American tour next week, which will take him to Mexico, Panama, Chile, Argentina and Peru.

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