Colombia will officially receive the status of a “NATO partner” next week, the first in Latin America, said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
“Next week the entry of Colombia into NATO in the category of partners from the world will be formalized in Brussels, which is very important. We will be the only Latin American country with this privilege, “said Santos.
Santos, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, due to efforts to end a half-century civil war in his country, said that accession would “improve Colombia’s image” and “allow her to play a more important role on the international scene.”
Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for efforts to end a half-century civil war in his country, said that accession would “improve Colombia’s image” and “allow her to play a more important role on the international scene.”
Professor of International Relations, Rafael Pinjeros says that being a “partner from the world” of NATO means being in a “strategic alliance for military cooperation”. According to him, this type of partnership is created in order to “achieve strategic alliances outside” Europe, the US and Canada, in order to maintain world peace. Pinjeros said that partnership does not necessarily mean that Colombia will participate in NATO military operations.
Other “partners from the world” are NATO, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Mongolia.
In December 2016, Colombia adopted an agreement on “greater” military co-operation with NATO in post-conflict governance, following the first peace agreement signed between the Bogotá government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARK)