Colombia heads toward NATO membership

BOGOTA : Colombia’s defense ministry later this month will sign a cooperation agreement with NATO, in hopes of joining the international military alliance, President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday.

“In June, NATO will sign an agreement with the Colombian government, with  the Defense Ministry, to start a process of rapprochement and cooperation, with  an eye toward also joining that organization,” Santos said at a military  promotion ceremony.

Santos said the army could become an international player if his government  can bring off a peace deal as it is trying to do, with the Revolutionary Armed  Forces of Colombia (FARC). It is Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.

Full article: Colombia heads toward NATO membership (New Straits Times)

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