Last Friday Juan Manuel Santos and Alvaro Uribe met at the Vatican with Pope Francis to discuss the so-called peace agreement with the FARC.
“The Santos and Uribe boys, please go to the principal’s office”
Santos y Uribe en el Vaticano pic.twitter.com/53gd4GnTys
— Juan Manuel Caro (@jmcaro) December 16, 2016
It was part of Santos’s Nobel Peace Prize Victory Tour™, which so far includes pressuring the Spanish government to censor advertising billboards.
The WSJ reports,
The pope first held separate private meetings with each of the two men. Then the three met for an encounter in which Mr. Santos and his rival sat side by side across a desk from the pope. The arrangement was unusual because it seemed to suggest equal standing between Mr. Uribe and Mr. Santos, a head of state.
The Holy See said the pontiff “spoke about the ‘culture of encounter’ and emphasized the importance of sincere dialogue between all members of Colombian society at this historical moment.”
But it was clear that Mr. Uribe maintained his tough stance against the accord, which he says amounts to granting impunity by permitting former FARC commanders to hold 10 seats in congress.
Uribe’s correct; the current deal, redrafted on December 1 and fast tracked by the Supreme Court on December 14, legitimizes the FARC and turns it into a political power.
Francis’s spokesman said he won’t go to Colombia until the peace agreement is “bulletproof.”
Uribe spoke to the media after the meeting,
“I summarized to Pope Francis the basic elements on which there are disagreements and told him I hope they are allowed to be changed”
Hice resumen al Papa Francisco de los temas esenciales sobre los que hay desacuerdos y le dije que ojalá los permitan cambiar pic.twitter.com/7NP9xfzj1P
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) December 17, 2016
Among the Twitter reactions:
“After talking to Santos // After talking to Uribe”
Luego de la conversación Santos // Luego de la conversación con Uribe pic.twitter.com/nhdExd7ZZE
— Mr. Green ♻ (@lopesergio) December 16, 2016
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Colombian media reports that Santos wanted to discuss the peace agreement with Pope Francis. Pope Francis thought it would be a great idea, and to have Uribe join them. The Vatican sent a plane to fetch Alvaro Uribe, who flew in, attended the meeting, did not give into pressure, and flew back home right away.