Uribe’s conciliatory, rational tone eases tension in Bariloche
At the Unasur Summit in Argentina, President Alvaro Uribe stressed that the military agreement with the U.S. does not threaten Colombia’s sovereignty. Uribe laid the groundwork to improve relations with Unasur nations, but added that solidarity is not enough and practical aid is needed to fight narco-terrorism, which is what the U.S. is offering.
Consult suspension causes even more division inside Conservatism
Strongly opposed to the Conservative Party’s decision to suspend the September 27 internal consult is pre-candidate, Andres Felipe Arias, who called it a “cowardly” move and that must be justified; party directors say they want to wait and see if Alvaro Uribe is running for a third term before selecting a Conservative candidate.
Uribe recovering from H1N1, steps taken to avoid spread
Upon being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, President Alvaro Uribe’s concern was mainly for all who came in contact with him this weekend, at the Unasur Summit in Argentina and a town hall meeting in Puerto Carreño. The President is isolated and following doctors’ orders to the letter, while all those who were exposed are being tested.
Falconí and Bermúdez will try to bring countries together again
Colombia and Ecuador’s Foreign Relations Ministries will aim to meet in September to begin talks that could reestablish diplomatic relations, suspended since March of 2008. Fander Falconí of Ecuador said “we hope conversations are constructive in terms of how to improve bilateral relations”. The OAS could provide mediation, if needed.
Cab protest new requirements, block airport for hours
For four hours the Jose Maria Córdova Airport in Rionegro was chaos with more than 200 cabs blocking the terminal and passengers scrambling to catch their flights. Drivers are protesting new rules established by Air Tran, the company responsible for the airport’s management, like requiring I.D.’s and charging their entrance to the terminal.
Reelection referendum scores major victory but still has a ways to go
The referendum initiative that allows President Alvaro Uribe to run for a consecutive third term was approved in Congress 85 to 5. The deal, however, is far from done. After presidential sanction, the Constitutional Court must study and endorse the bill; followed by the Inspector General, ten public debates and the National Registry.