Colombia's new president sworn in

10:47, August 08, 2010      

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by Zhou Jianxin, Alejandra de Palcio

Colombia's new president Juan Manuel Santos was sworn in Saturday afternoon, taking over the power from Alvaro Uribe at a ceremony held at the Bolivar Square of the capital city Bogota.

In his inaugural speech, Santos said that he would launch a relentless fight without truce against the illegal armed groups in the country.

However, he said that he would be open for negotiations to completely eradicate violence in Colombia.

"We will continue fighting all the illegal organizations, without truce ... We will not rest till the state of law is present in all and each one of the towns of our homeland," Santos said.

On international relations, Santos said that one of his priorities was to reset ties with neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador.

"One of my fundamental aims will be to reset ties with Venezuela and Ecuador, to restore the trust and to privilege the diplomacy and the prudence," Santos said.


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