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Obama presents $450 mn plan to fund Colombia peace

US President Barack Obama (R) waves following a reception with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House on February 4, 2016US President Barack Obama announced a $450 million plan to fund Colombia’s peace process on Thursday, shaking up a controversial military aid program that defined relations for 15 years. “A country that was on the brink of collapse is now on the brink of peace,” Obama said, expressing optimism that an agreement can soon be reached. Over the last decade and a half, Plan Colombia caused billions of dollars’ worth of military aid to flow to Colombia’s security services, fortifying the state against well-armed and well-funded drug cartels and rebel groups, chief among them the FARC.

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