Binational relations between Colombia and the United States continue to change, with the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, declaring on this occasion that from now on there will be a radical change in the agenda of that country, which will no longer revolve around weapons. and war.
In this context, the President of Colombia assured from Cartagena That we will focus on building and contributing to strengthen the policy of complete peace on the basis of relations and cooperation with the United States.
Petro said, “Change the agenda with the United States, we don’t want an agenda of weapons and wars, we want a peace agenda, an agenda to rebuild life.”
And he added to his speech: “An agenda of absolute rights of humanity, an agenda of freedom and democracy, because only in peace is freedom possible, only in peace is democracy possible.”
“Weapons can only be used at the last moment, at the last moment, in the last instance, if freedom is attacked, if democracy is overthrown,” said the head of state.
Changes to extradition to the United States
Several days ago, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, at the end of a high-level meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, disclosed his papers regarding the proposal to make changes to extradition. United States and confirmed that it would be presented through a law, stating that it could not risk a change of government.
In the Casa de Nariño, the head of state stressed that the strategy that Colombia wants to implement is that, a drug trafficker who avails himself of justice, the guarantees of non-recidivism, truthfulness and reparations apply , and he will not be extradited to the justice of the United States.
Likewise, the Head of State gave an example that this type of mechanism was implemented in peace processes such as the one signed with the extinct FARC guerrilla, with the signing done in Havana (Cuba).
“What if someone from these gangs has already made a request for extradition and is part of the peace process in Colombia? The case happened in the FARC, what I propose is that a member of this chain who decides to avail himself of justice and guarantees of non-repetition should not be extradited, but that a law depends, not on the government what Gustavo Petro said on that occasion.
And he said: “Drug traffickers who are in the drug trafficking chain, who are not in any kind of foster care and continue to commit crimes, will be extradited, I already signed 80 Huh; The drug trafficker who is on the chain but makes a mockery of the guarantees and should be extradited again, I propose it to the US with the highest possible punishment because he made a mockery of the peace process”.
On Colombia’s position on revising extradition, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated that countries are sovereign, but recalled that the figure has benefited both countries and victims of drug trafficking.
,They are sovereign decisions, this figure of extradition has benefited the justice of both countries and helped the victims to eliminate the transitional organizations, Working closely, the system will continue to work, we will continue to prosecute those who commit crimes”, stressed the Head of State.