We must rebuild Colombia, starting with ourselves, our hearts, put resentment aside, put hatred aside, put envy aside. The only thing that those attitudes accomplish is to sow violence and sow death and suffering.

— Juan Manuel Santos

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I practice Transcendental Meditation and I had enough exercise.

I am one who thinks that not only need to have patience, we must persevere. If you do it right you'll see results.

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Today, we must acknowledge, that war has not been won.

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The rebels will be thinking about retaliation, what we have to do is stop;

stop and transform it into a spiral of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Waging war is much more popular than negotiating, because there you need to compromise.

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I remember in 2000, when President Clinton came to Cartagena just before Plan Colombia started, the country was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Today, we are one of the most solid democracies, where institutions are working, where the scandals such as false positives have come to light because of those functioning institutions.

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More than 70 percent of Colombians want peace.

The rest are afraid of the price to be paid. But even they will realize that their worst fears will not come true. I'm quite optimistic that Colombians do back an agreement with the FARC.

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Democracy is like three oxen pulling a plough.

The oxen are the independent powers, but you have to walk in the same direction; otherwise, you cannot plough and that is what was happening in Colombia. One ox was walking in one direction, the other in another direction, so the democracy was not working.

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Europe would be well advised to pay more attention to Latin America.

The emerging economies are the engines of the global economy. Colombia has done too little to improve its reputation in Europe.

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Colombia has a huge variety of plant and animal species, and we have enormous potential. Small and mid-sized companies should come to Colombia. From here, they have access to the entire Latin American market.

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A Colombia without coca and without conflict was an impossible dream just a few years or decades ago, and today I can tell you it is a real possibility. Just imagine it. We have already begun discussion of the last two substantive points: victims and the end of the conflict.

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If we act together on the drug problem, with a comprehensive vision devoid of ideological or political biases, we will be able to prevent much harm and violence!

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For decades, Colombia has been accused of being the world's principal provider of cocaine. If this comes to an end, it would be a dramatic change for our country - which has been suffering more than any other from the consequences of drug-trafficking.

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About Juan Manuel Santos

Quotes 52 sayings
Profession President of Colombia
Birthday August 10, 1951

Colombia is a different country today.

The state is now present in every single corner, the drug lords are in jail or dead. So we have the means to guarantee the security of FARC politicians.

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Colombia is applauded for the efforts that we continue to make to combat drug trafficking.

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The fight against drug trafficking by the Colombian government has been present, and the Americans themselves are the first to recognize that.

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I have had extremely good relations with the United States and with both parties (Republicans and Democrats), and I hope to continue to have these good relations, which I, again repeating, do not consider to be mutually exclusive with having good relations with Venezuela or Ecuador or whichever country in South America.

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It's in the interest of the U.S. to maintain a strong democracy in Colombia.

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No one, no one has hit the FARC harder than I have.

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When you have another person take part in the interview, you must notify the interviewee.

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For many years, they said the drug lords in Colombia were unbeatable, but all the same, we've eliminated all the big capos (as the drug lords are called in Colombia). The homicide rate is as low as it was 40 years ago and the kidnapping rate has dropped to the level of 1964. Now we'll be able to bring down the street criminals specializing in extortion and robbery.

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Colombians do not like the FARC. In fact, 95 percent reject the FARC.

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I don't like to generate too many expectations.

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I say this as the president of the country which has suffered more deaths, more blood and more sacrifices in this war.

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There are times for making war and times for making peace.

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Ten years ago, we were seen as a virtually failed state, but today we are a vibrant democracy. You can walk safely through the streets of Bogota these days.

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One doesn't make peace with one's friends. One makes peace with one's enemies.

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Right here, in this same headquarters, 52 years ago, the Convention that gave the birth certificate to the war on drugs was approved.

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I would never accept general impunity for the guerrillas!

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I have the complete support of the military. I personally served in the navy.

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I fight terrorism as if there was no peace process, and I negotiate the peace process as if there was no terrorism.

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Colombia has a big market that is growing because we are elevating people out of poverty and into the middle class.

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The Bolivarian revolution has no future and it has shown a lack of results.

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In any symmetrical war in today's world, it is necessary to have regional support.

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A perfect peace is not possible; it doesn't exist.

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Social housing, education, health, jobs and sustainable surroundings. Those are my priorities.

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Unfortunately, my rivals are spreading all kinds of suspicions for political reasons that are absolutely not true. They've tried accusing me of agreeing to dismantle the army, of jeopardizing private property, of giving the pensions of policemen to the guerillas - all kinds of lies. What they want is for people to be afraid of peace.

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If you analyze the production of coca in Colombia, you will realize that it is like economic cycles. It goes up and down, it goes up and down depending on the circumstances.

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It was shameful that, after Haiti, Colombia was the second most unequal country in Latin America. But we've achieved some things; the inequality is coming down, and coming down fast. The growing economy has provided us with the funds to finance a very progressive social policy that has reduced extreme poverty. We have the lowest inflation rate of all Latin-America countries and the highest growth rate.

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If we are giving judicial benefits to one part, we should give them to the other part as well.

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You can't settle a 50-year conflict in 52 weeks.

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Good friends don't have to visit each other every day.

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To make peace, it is necessary to know how to make war.

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The notion that you do not negotiate with terrorists is not the history of humanity or of the world.

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We have had this happen in the past, right in Colombia: there were amnesties for everybody, guerrilla members were elected mayors, senators. Today there are senators who are - who were previously guerrillas.

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At this moment, I don't think people would back the old-fashioned Marxist-Leninist ideas of FARC. But I do hope that the rebels will continue to pursue their agenda by legal means and not through violence.

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I want to see Colombian youth become the best-educated in Latin America by 2025.

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Uribe and I have very good relations.

I owe him loyalty, I admire him, he did great things for our country, and I think that because of what he did, I can now concentrate on different issues, different from what he concentrated on.

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My generation has not seen one single day of peace, and my dream is for my children and the children of all Colombians to have the change to see it. I hope the guerrilla understands that the time has come to leave this 50-year confrontation behind; that the time has come to change from bullets to votes, from weapons to argumentations; that the time has come for them to continue their struggle, but within democracy.

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The Colombian economy is very strong. We have one of the highest rates of growth in Latin America.

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