Colombia to Invest $100 Million in Regions with FARC and ELN Presence

Colombia to Invest $100 Million  in Regions with FARC and ELN Presence

By Dialogo
September 14, 2012

The Colombian Ministry of Defense will invest nearly $100 million over the next two years in regions where the Security Forces have been fighting FARC and ELN terrorists, announced the Deputy Defense Minister for Policy and International Affairs, Jorge Enrique Bedoya.

“In regions such as Arauca, Cauca, Norte de Santander, Meta, Putumayo, Caquetá and others (…), we will create jobs and intervene to allow Colombians to have better conditions for development and prosperity,” the Deputy Minister pointed out during a Twitcam session on September 13.

The jobs will be in 14 strategic areas, based on the comprehensive action plan developed by the Defense Ministry to include jobs like construction of rigid pavement in the main streets of San José del Guaviare; the rehabilitation of the airstrip of the Township Planadas, Tolima, to facilitate commercial flights and social transportation, and the construction of indoor sports in Convention, Norte de Santander, among others.

“Integral action is a fundamental aspect in the drive for economic and social development of the regions of the country where the Police Force continues to be present and continues to act forcefully against all criminal organizations, but now with a component of social action in the hands of the community,” pointed out the Deputy Minister Bedoya.

The official further warned, that this is a comprehensive component for the restoration of the legitimacy of the state and a foundation for the recovery of the areas where they have terrorist groups presence.