Colombia's new president sworn in (3)

10:48, August 08, 2010      

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Santos' inaugural ceremony was held in Bogota's Bolivar Square before about 5,000 invited guests amid tight security. Most Latin American and Caribbean leaders, including presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina, were present among 16 heads of state and some 100 international delegations.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said that the diplomatic crisis between Colombia and Venezuela should be overcome, since the most affected were the citizens of both nations.

"I like President Santos, I had the chance to talk to him and we spoke frankly. I think he is open, comprehensive and has been committed to Colombia on difficult issues such as security," Calderon said.

Peruvian President Alan Garcia said that his country would continue strengthening ties with Colombia and wished good luck to Santos.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said that now Colombia had entered an era of hope with the inauguration of Santos.

Source: Xinhua
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