Colombia's President Santos starts US visit
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday voiced hope for his country's peace process, and floated the idea of a new alliance for progress on his US visit.
"I do want to press forward on the search for peace in Colombia," Santos said at the University of Miami, a day ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington.
Colombia has had peace talks under way in Havana for just over a year.
Santos, a conservative, has already declared his intention to seek a second term which would run from 2014-2018, giving him the chance to help shepherd the peace deal with FARC guerrillas into reality.
The Colombian president also said he would propose to Obama a new alliance along the lines of the Alliance for Progress launched by John F. Kennedy when he visited Colombia five decades ago.
Colombia's civil war is the longest-running in Latin America, stretching back to the 1960s.