- Santos plans changes to some ministeries before peace deal
- Government is negotiating peace accord with Marxist guerrillas
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos asked all his 15 ministers to resign ahead of a cabinet reshuffle.
Santos told the New York Times that he needs to make changes to some ministries ahead of a peace deal with Marxist guerrillas that the government expects to sign soon. The presidential office confirmed the resignations request. Santos, who is in New York to sign the Paris climate accord, will return to Colombia today to decide on the changes, Caracol Radio said, without saying where it got the information.
The government has held peace talks with the nation’s biggest guerrilla group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, since 2012, seeking to end a conflict that began more than half a century ago. After previously announcing a final agreement would be signed in March, the talks were extended after the government cited “important disagreements” with the rebel group.
Last month Colombia said it would also begin talks with the smaller National Liberation Army, who has also been fighting the state since the 1960s.