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Boletín de prensa internacional 16/04/12

Política antidrogas y Cuba, los titulares de la Cumbre de las Américas
The Christian Science Monitor (EE.UU) Drug policy and Cuba headline Summit of the Americas
Leaders from the Western Hemisphere meeting in this colonial port city over the weekend failed to agree on some of the region’s most contentious issues, but for the first time, according to several presidents, topics like drug policy and Cuba were discussed with frankness.
Thirty heads of state from the Americas, including President Obama, gathered in Cartagena for a two-day meeting where the issues of drug regulation and Cuba's inclusion in future regional meetings showed more divisions than the unity that the Summit of the Americas was meant to promote. The summit concluded with no formal declaration of signing ceremony, but Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the leaders chose to discuss “the issues that unite us as well as the issues that divide us in a sincere dialogue,” behind closed doors. Ver >>

Detrás de la Cumbre: el proteccionismo
El Nuevo Herald (EE.UU) Detrás de la Cumbre: el proteccionismo
Los grandes titulares de la cumbre del presidente Obama y otros 30 líderes hemisféricos que terminó aquí el domingo se centraron en las disputas entre EEUU y América Latina sobre Cuba y las Islas Malvinas, pero las conversaciones tras bambalinas entre los presidentes tuvieron que ver con algo que les preocupa mucho más: el regreso al proteccionismo.
Es cierto, la mayoría de los presidentes pasó gran parte de su tiempo durante sus comparecencias públicas hablando sobre las demandas de América Latina de que se invite a Cuba a las futuras cumbres EEUU-América Latina, y de que una declaración conjunta que estaba planeada para el final de la cumbre incluyera un párrafo que respaldara los reclamos territoriales de Argentina sobre las Malvinas.
El fracaso para alcanzar un consenso en ambos temas llevó al colapso de la duramente negociada declaración final de 16 párrafos de la cumbre. Se sustituyó por una declaración presidencial del anfitrión de la cumbre, el presidente colombiano Juan Manuel Santos, en la que resumió su punto de vista sobre las conclusiones de la cumbre.


Obama despeja camino para el pacto de libre comercio con Colombia
The New York Times (UK) Obama clears way for Colombia free trade pact
Despite strong opposition from his allies in the U.S. labor movement, President Obama said Sunday that he trusted Colombian authorities to improve protections for workers and union leaders as he cleared the final obstacle for implementation of a free trade agreement next month.
The decision marks a victory for the U.S. business community, which has pushed the White House to increase commercial opportunities in Colombia's growing economy. The pact eliminates duties on most exports, eases travel restrictions and strengthens intellectual property rights.
"We all know more work needs to be done, but we've made significant progress," Obama said at a news conference. "It's a win for our workers and the environment because of the protections it has for both — commitments we are going to fulfill." Ver>>

El conflicto colombiano comienza una nueva etapa
In Sight () Colombian Conflict Enters a New Phase
As ideological differences become irrelevant, Colombia's illegal armies and drug traffickers are now working together, united against the government. Nowhere is this clearer than in the province of Norte De Santander, on the border with Venezuela.
Norte De Santander is a new center of Colombia's civil conflict. It is here that the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) directs his 8000-strong army. It is here that the National Liberation Army (ELN) have one of their strongholds. It is here that the last remaining faction of the People's Liberation Army (EPL) still holds out. It is here that the drug cartel of the Rastrojos funnels much of its cocaine into Venezuela. None of these groups are now fighting each other. On the contrary there is evidence that they are all working together. Welcome to the new face of Colombia's civil conflict as the fighting enters its 48th year.


El Presidente colombiano habla sobre Castro, el capitalismo y el regreso de su país
Time (EE.UU) Colombia’s President Talks with TIME About Castro, Capitalism and His Country’s Comeback
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will host the sixth Summit of the Americas this weekend, April 14 to 15, in the Caribbean city of Cartagena. The hemispheric gathering marks a comeback for Colombia, which is emerging from half a century of crippling guerrilla, drug and political violence and is making a serious bid to be Latin America’s new economic and diplomatic player. The center-right Santos, 60, recently sat down at the Casa de Nariño palace in Bogotá with TIME International Editor Jim Frederick, TIME’s Latin America bureau chief Tim Padgett and its Colombia reporter, John Otis, to discuss the summit, the region’s decreasing dependence on the U.S. and Colombia’s chances for a peaceful end to its long conflict.  Ver>>