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By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

I have the complete support of the military. I personally served in the navy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

The fight against drug trafficking by the Colombian government has been present, and the Americans themselves are the first to recognize that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia is a different country today. The state is now present in every single corner, the drug lords are in jail or dead. So we have the means to guarantee the security of FARC politicians.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

One doesn't make peace with one's friends. One makes peace with one's enemies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

It was shameful that, after Haiti, Colombia was the second most unequal country in Latin America. But we've achieved some things; the inequality is coming down, and coming down fast. The growing economy has provided us with the funds to finance a very progressive social policy that has reduced extreme poverty. We have the lowest inflation rate of all Latin-America countries and the highest growth rate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

More than 70 percent of Colombians want peace. The rest are afraid of the price to be paid. But even they will realize that their worst fears will not come true. I'm quite optimistic that Colombians do back an agreement with the FARC.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

I've not lived one single day of peace in Colombia, and 90 percent of people here say the same thing. We have gotten used to living in a war - we don't even react to massacres.

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Juan Manuel Santos

For many years, they said the drug lords in Colombia were unbeatable, but all the same, we've eliminated all the big capos (as the drug lords are called in Colombia). The homicide rate is as low as it was 40 years ago and the kidnapping rate has dropped to the level of 1964. Now we'll be able to bring down the street criminals specializing in extortion and robbery.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

If you analyze the production of coca in Colombia, you will realize that it is like economic cycles. It goes up and down, it goes up and down depending on the circumstances.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Democracy is like three oxen pulling a plough. The oxen are the independent powers, but you have to walk in the same direction; otherwise, you cannot plough and that is what was happening in Colombia. One ox was walking in one direction, the other in another direction, so the democracy was not working.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

My generation has not seen one single day of peace, and my dream is for my children and the children of all Colombians to have the change to see it. I hope the guerrilla understands that the time has come to leave this 50-year confrontation behind; that the time has come to change from bullets to votes, from weapons to argumentations; that the time has come for them to continue their struggle, but within democracy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia is applauded for the efforts that we continue to make to combat drug trafficking.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

There are times for making war and times for making peace.

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Juan Manuel Santos

I would never accept general impunity for the guerrillas!

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Juan Manuel Santos

I remember in 2000, when President Clinton came to Cartagena just before Plan Colombia started, the country was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Today, we are one of the most solid democracies, where institutions are working, where the scandals such as false positives have come to light because of those functioning institutions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

In any symmetrical war in today's world, it is necessary to have regional support.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

The notion that you do not negotiate with terrorists is not the history of humanity or of the world.

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Juan Manuel Santos

I say this as the president of the country which has suffered more deaths, more blood and more sacrifices in this war.

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Juan Manuel Santos

A perfect peace is not possible; it doesn't exist.

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Juan Manuel Santos

At this moment, I don't think people would back the old-fashioned Marxist-Leninist ideas of FARC. But I do hope that the rebels will continue to pursue their agenda by legal means and not through violence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

Unfortunately, my rivals are spreading all kinds of suspicions for political reasons that are absolutely not true. They've tried accusing me of agreeing to dismantle the army, of jeopardizing private property, of giving the pensions of policemen to the guerillas - all kinds of lies. What they want is for people to be afraid of peace.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

Ten years ago, we were seen as a virtually failed state, but today we are a vibrant democracy. You can walk safely through the streets of Bogota these days.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

I have had extremely good relations with the United States and with both parties (Republicans and Democrats), and I hope to continue to have these good relations, which I, again repeating, do not consider to be mutually exclusive with having good relations with Venezuela or Ecuador or whichever country in South America.

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Juan Manuel Santos

The rebels will be thinking about retaliation, what we have to do is stop; stop and transform it into a spiral of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia has a big market that is growing because we are elevating people out of poverty and into the middle class.

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Juan Manuel Santos

It's in the interest of the U.S. to maintain a strong democracy in Colombia.

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Juan Manuel Santos

The Colombian economy is very strong. We have one of the highest rates of growth in Latin America.

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Juan Manuel Santos

For decades, Colombia has been accused of being the world's principal provider of cocaine. If this comes to an end, it would be a dramatic change for our country - which has been suffering more than any other from the consequences of drug-trafficking.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Where do you draw the line between peace and justice? If you ask the victims, they want more justice; if you ask the potential victims, they want more peace.

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Juan Manuel Santos

To make peace, it is necessary to know how to make war.

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Juan Manuel Santos

We have had this happen in the past, right in Colombia: there were amnesties for everybody, guerrilla members were elected mayors, senators. Today there are senators who are - who were previously guerrillas.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Social housing, education, health, jobs and sustainable surroundings. Those are my priorities.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia has a huge variety of plant and animal species, and we have enormous potential. Small and mid-sized companies should come to Colombia. From here, they have access to the entire Latin American market.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Europe would be well advised to pay more attention to Latin America. The emerging economies are the engines of the global economy. Colombia has done too little to improve its reputation in Europe.

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Juan Manuel Santos

If we act together on the drug problem, with a comprehensive vision devoid of ideological or political biases, we will be able to prevent much harm and violence!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

You can't settle a 50-year conflict in 52 weeks.

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Juan Manuel Santos

We must rebuild Colombia, starting with ourselves, our hearts, put resentment aside, put hatred aside, put envy aside. The only thing that those attitudes accomplish is to sow violence and sow death and suffering.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Today, we must acknowledge, that war has not been won.

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Juan Manuel Santos

I want to see Colombian youth become the best-educated in Latin America by 2025.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Waging war is much more popular than negotiating, because there you need to compromise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombians do not like the FARC. In fact, 95 percent reject the FARC.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

Uribe and I have very good relations. I owe him loyalty, I admire him, he did great things for our country, and I think that because of what he did, I can now concentrate on different issues, different from what he concentrated on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Juan Manuel Santos

The Bolivarian revolution has no future and it has shown a lack of results.

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Juan Manuel Santos

I practice Transcendental Meditation and I had enough exercise. I am one who thinks that not only need to have patience, we must persevere. If you do it right you'll see results.

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Juan Manuel Santos

Right here, in this same headquarters, 52 years ago, the Convention that gave the birth certificate to the war on drugs was approved.

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Juan Manuel Santos

A Colombia without coca and without conflict was an impossible dream just a few years or decades ago, and today I can tell you it is a real possibility. Just imagine it. We have already begun discussion of the last two substantive points: victims and the end of the conflict.