Miami (USA), Mar 3 (Entravision) .- The former Colombian president Andres Pastrana (1998-2002) critical today that the Government of Juan Manuel Santos, who aspires to run for re-election, negotiate with the FARC in Cuba a few months of the presidential elections scheduled for May 25 in the Andean country.
“has never happened before in the country, that there is a candidate president negotiating peace,” said Pastrana in statements to EFE in Miami (USA), where this Tuesday will present his book “forgotten Memories” at a conference at the Miami Dade College.
The former Colombian stated that he was greatly concerned “that he is willing to give him Santos to the guerrillas that we do not know the Colombians” and “that is going to ask if the guerrillas … The process of peace is essential for his re-election” .
Pastrana critical that neither he nor the rest of Colombians know that is being negotiated in Havana between the Government of Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and said that all the Colombian presidential candidate should be invited to the negotiating table.
The former leader momentum a dialog process with the FARC during his mandate, for which demilitarized a jungle area of the south of Colombia as large as Switzerland and two times larger than El Salvador, but the attempts for peace were unsuccessful, and Pastrana declared broken talks in February 2002.
Pastrana assured that Santos has not been able to make peace in their Four-year term, while I appreciate that the negotiations are taking place “outside of Colombia and a discreet way” .
“i criticize because in four years of government i could not make peace, the president Santos either and is four years old, and if not can be re-elected, it would already have failed because he was just the period,” explained.
The former president also applauded that have joined the peace process in Cuba the guerrilla leaders linked to drug trafficking and said he hopes a in addition, the American Government because it is a problem of “shared responsibility” .
“Missing (in the table dialogs) United States and Europe, it would be important to keep them because they are part of the problem and should be part of The solution,” said Pastrana.
asked about the crisis in Venezuela, the former Colombian complained that the international community “has left completely alone to Venezuelans”, and requested the Organization of American States (OAS) “respect the Inter-american Charter” .
“There is a clear violation of democracy and nothing happens,” Pastrana, and he added that “we must not let the issue of Ukraine opaque Venezuela” .