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Proposed U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiative 'Peace Colombia' [March 3, 2016]   [open pdf - 16KB]

"On February 4, 2016, President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met at the White House to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Plan Colombia, a bilateral cooperation program aimed at improving Colombia's security and strengthening its democratic development. The Colombian-written Plan Colombia received the endorsement of three U.S. presidential administrations, representing both political parties, and garnered nearly $10 billion in support from the U.S. Congress between FY2000 and FY2016. In addition to celebrating Plan Colombia's gains, President Obama proposed a new 'post-peace accord' approach to U.S.-Colombian cooperation, a program called Peace Colombia (sometimes referred to in Spanish as 'Paz Colombia'). It anticipates a peace agreement following more than three years of negotiations between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's main leftist guerilla group. The total proposed effort includes $450 million of support, $391 million of which the Obama Administration requested in its FY2017 congressional budget request for foreign operations. The U.S. Congress may be interested in the timing and scope of the program, as the Colombian government appears to be working toward what most analysts consider the most difficult phase of any peace negotiations--implementation of the peace accord."

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CRS Insight, IN10454
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2016-03-03
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