Colombia president says to evaluate possibility of sending military agreement to Congress

08:39, August 20, 2010      

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday he will see if it is worth of sending the military agreement signed between Bogota and Washington to Congress, which was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.

The president said that he "respects the decision made" by the court, which declared the military agreement unconstitutional Tuesday. The agreement would allow American soldiers and advisers to use seven military bases in Colombian territory.

"We are going to evaluate this. Maybe we can agree on a few procedures, including those more ambitious with the United States, which could lead the agreement to the Congress," the president told journalists in San Andres' Island.

The head of state said he will evaluate together with the administration of the U.S. President Barack Obama.

"There is also tranquillity in the sense that we will continue receiving the help we have got in the last years from the United States," said the president.

"The important thing is that cooperation will continue. The fight against drug trafficking and the fight against terrorism. The court's decision does not affect what we have been receiving," he added.

The agreement was signed in August of last year by the previous Colombian government and it has caused controversy in the region, especially for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who considered it harmful for his country.

According to the Colombian government, the military agreement is not a new agreement but is an extension of the agreements signed between both countries.

Source: Xinhua


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