Colombia and the United States reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG) on August 27.
A DC-3 coastal survey airplane from Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) visited 4th Fleet headquarters Aug. 20 for a capabilities demonstration prior to a scheduled deployment to the Caribbean Sea and Central America.
The U.S. Coast Guard, British Royal Navy and U.S. law enforcement partners seized 1,500 pounds of cocaine, a go-fast vessel and detained three suspected smugglers, during an at-sea interdiction Aug. 16 in the Caribbean Sea.
On August 22, the Colombian government approved the security protocols for the humanitarian mission that will be responsible for rescuing Canadian geologist Jernoc Wobert, who has been held by the ELN guerrillas since January, an International Red Cross spokesman reported.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recommended a 15% reduction of Blue Helmets in Haiti, due to improvements in security.
For the first time, the communist guerrillas of the FARC acknowledged part of their responsibility for the thousands of victims that resulted from the armed conflict going on for almost 50 years in Colombia, and proposed to move forward to the topic of victims’ reparations in the peace negotiation.
The Colombian government delegation, currently under negotiations with the FARC and headed by former Vice President Humberto de la Calle, traveled from Bogotá to Havana on August 18, in order to resume talks with the guerrillas, official sources reported.
Defense representatives from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) met at a seminar in Manaus (northern Brazil) on August 15 to discuss improvements for monitoring the Amazon.