Samuel George interviews Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
As part of The Crossroads video series, I sat with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss what a lasting peace could mean for Colombia.
On September 24, 2015, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and leaders of the FARC guerrilla announced a breakthrough in peace negotiations that could end a conflict that has plagued the country since the 1960s.
For five decades, Colombia has been gashed and divided by a vicious civil conflict that has killed thousands, displaced millions, and prevented the country from pursuing truly comprehensive development. However, at Thursday’s press conference, the two parties announced critical progress on thorny issues such as the transfer of weapons and punishment for human-rights violators. A deadline for a final deal was set for six months from now.
As part of the ongoing series The Crossroads, I recently interviewed President Santos about what a peace deal would mean for Colombia. As I continue to finalize The Crossroads: Colombia, I wanted to share the video of this interview in advance.