Colombia to be NATO's first Latin American ‘global partner’

May 28, 2018 15:29 IST
Colombia to be NATO's first Latin American ‘global partner’

Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) next week. The announcement was made by the country’s President Juan Manuel Santos on May 25, 2018.

With the move, Colombia will become the first Latin American nation to be a part of the alliance. It would be joining the bloc as a ‘global partner’, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in any joint military action and will be fully accredited in Brussels.

Background

The NATO alliance comprising 29 member nations reached a partnership agreement with Colombia in May 2017, following the signing of a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

The historic peace deal with the leftist rebels from Farc had earned Colombian President Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.

Key Details

The other global partner nations of NATO include Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

The partnership with Colombia will include cooperation on global security areas such as cyber and maritime security, terrorism and links to organised crime.

The announcement of Colombia’s partnership with NATO came just hours after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) approved Colombia as a new member.

The partnership will enable Colombia to have a bigger role on the international stage.

About NATO

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance between nations from North America and Europe.
  • It was established through the North Atlantic Treaty, which was signed in Washington D.C on April 4, 1949.
  •  Colombia to be NATO's first Latin American global partner

  • The alliance provides a unique link between the member nations, enabling them to consult and cooperate in the field of defence and security, conduct multinational crisis-management operation, build trust and in the long run, prevent conflict.
  • The organisation is committed to the principle of collective defence, according to which an attack against one or several of its members will be considered as an attack against all.
  • The principle is a part of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. So far, the article has been invoked once - in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001.

About NATO

·         The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance between nations from North America and Europe.

·         It was established through the North Atlantic Treaty, which was signed in Washington D.C on April 4, 1949.

·         The alliance provides a unique link between the member nations, enabling them to consult and cooperate in the field of defence and security, conduct multinational crisis-management operation, build trust and in the long run, prevent conflict.

·         The organisation is committed to the principle of collective defence, according to which an attack against one or several of its members will be considered as an attack against all.

·         The principle is a part of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. So far, the article has been invoked once - in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001.

 

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