Colombia Court Decision Likely to Slow Approval of Peace Laws

On Thursday Santos will hold his first meeting with President Donald Trump, who has upended long-standing US attitudes to NATO, Russia, China and Mexico. His government signed a peace accord past year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, ending one of the world's bloodiest and longest-running armed conflicts.

The United States has been a critical supporter of Colombia's efforts to fight the communist rebel group the United Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), under the auspices of the controversial Plan Colombia, a partnership that was criticized for focusing too heavily on military solutions, leading to human rights violations.

The press conference is also the president's first public appearance after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel to investigate any ties between Russian Federation and The Trump campaign.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. After years of decreases, cocaine production is now on the rise. Following Santos' much lengthier, more nuanced explanation of how the best way to tackle the drug crisis is by "collaborating", Trump kept his answer short. Colombia is a more modern, more peaceful society.

"The commitment on President Trump's side and his administration was shown through the approval of the budget that, for Colombia, means an increase in the support to fund the post-conflict era", said Santos.

It was Trump's first time taking questions since his Justice Department named a special counsel to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

Colombia was responsible for making 710 metric tons of cocaine past year, compared to only 235 tons in 2013. We declared the war on drugs 40 years ago.

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The Trump administration should sustain the USA commitment to Colombia and continue our investment in reducing armed violence and narcotics trafficking.

Santos avoided discussing the wall directly and instead pointed to areas where the US and Colombia were working together.

"This is the first time that this could be done because of the peace", Santos said. The dispute led Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto to cancel his trip to Washington weeks after Trump took office.

"But I think he would have probably hoped deep down for a more explicit vote of confidence in the peace process from President Trump", he said.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during United Nations high level delegation visits Colombia to verify the disarmament process in Bogota, Colombia, May 4, 2017.

Trump denied any attempt to influence the probe and said he wants to put any question of collusion with Russian Federation to bed.

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