Former Colombian Paramilitaries Pose Possible Surrender

first_img Groups dedicated to drug trafficking and responsible for a spiraling crime rate in northern Colombia have put forward the idea of a possible surrender to the government in an effort to put an end to the violence, a senior Catholic clergyman said on 17 January. These so-called ‘emerging criminal gangs,’ made up of former ultra-right-wing paramilitaries, are engaged in a war for control of drug-trafficking routes and areas for growing coca – the raw material for cocaine – in which hundreds of people have died in recent months. “They’re not asking for dialogue commissions, just to reach out to the government to surrender weapons, routes, crops. To turn themselves in, even if the outcome is extradition,” the bishop of Montería, Msgr. Julio César Vidal, told reporters. “They’ve told me that they don’t want Colombia to turn into Mexico, and that it doesn’t matter if they’re extradited, but that this has to be stopped,” maintained the bishop, whose diocese is centered in the capital of the department of Córdoba, one of those most impacted by the violence of these illegal armed groups. According to the National Police, there are currently seven emerging criminal gangs dedicated to drug trafficking in Colombia, with around 4,100 fighters. The government maintains that unlike the paramilitaries, who had a political and ideological motive for their fight against the country’s guerrillas, the new groups are dedicated only to drug-trafficking activities. President Juan Manuel Santos’s administration left open the possibility that the gangs’ leaders and rank-and-file could submit to justice and lay down their arms, but it warned that there will be no negotiations. “The administration’s policy has been to confront these organizations with complete decisiveness and determination,” Interior and Justice Minister Germán Vargas Lleras said. By Dialogo January 19, 2011last_img read more

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Paul Merson slams Arsenal’s appointment of Mikel Arteta with Conor McGregor analogy

first_img Comment Advertisement Paul Merson does not believe Mikel Arteta is the right man for the Arsenal job (Picture: Getty Images)Paul Merson has compared Mikel Arteta taking the Arsenal job to Conor McGregor boxing Floyd Mayweather as he slams the appointment.The Spaniard was announced as the new Gunners boss on Friday afternoon, taking over from Unai Emery who was sacked at the end of November.A former Arsenal captain and successful coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, Arteta is highly regarded at the Emirates, although this is his first job in management.Merson believes this lack of experience is a huge negative and the 37-year-old does not have the necessary know-how to turn the struggling club around.ADVERTISEMENTThe appointment reminds Merson of McGregor taking his first ever boxing match against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Mayweather.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Mikel Arteta taking on the Arsenal job is like Conor McGregor trying to fight Floyd Mayweather,’ wrote in the Daily Star. Advertisement Paul Merson slams Arsenal’s appointment of Mikel Arteta with Conor McGregor analogy Conor McGregor was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s one of the biggest jobs in football and you’re giving it to someone who has never managed in his life!‘If the Arsenal board think they are suddenly going to start playing like Manchester City just because Arteta has worked with Pep Guardiola for a bit, they need to wake up and smell the coffee.‘Arsenal don’t need a quick fix. They need a long-term plan. But you need that experience to start with.’A number of candidates were considered for the role in north London, with Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino all being linked with the job.However, one man that wasn’t spoken about that Merson believes would have been an appropriate target is Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, who has done a stunning job with the Blades.‘Look at Chris Wilder and the job he’s done at Sheffield United. How has he not even been mentioned?’ Merson continued.‘He’s done everything right, been through the leagues and been hugely successful. Worked his way up. Coped in difficult situations. Gained years of experience.‘Doesn’t even get a look-in. I’m not saying he should have got the job instead but to not even be considered?’Arsenal take on Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League at 12.30pm on Saturday.MORE: The warning Mikel Arteta gave to Arsenal players before Everton clashMORE: Freddie Ljungberg worried about Arsenal players ahead of Everton clash following Mikel Arteta announcement Phil HaighSaturday 21 Dec 2019 10:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link112Shareslast_img read more

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Zidane praises Thibaut Courtois following Alaves win

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has singled out goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for praise following their 2-0 win at home to Alaves. The victory reestablishes their four-point lead at the top of La Liga, with eight successive wins following the restart of the season in June. Belgian international Courtois made vital saves from Lucas Perez and Joselu against the Basque side, and tonight was his six successive clean sheet, as Zidane hailed the former Chelsea star. “We deserved to win. This was three important points,” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “We still have three games left to play, now we rest and prepare for the next game. Loading… “At the moment, we are not conceding many goals. Courtois has been a great influence, and he has played big role in stopping us from leaking goals.” Zidane also confirmed Karim Benzema suffered a minor injury in the closing stages of the game, but the former French international should be fit in time to face Granada next week.center_img Read Also: La Liga: Real Madrid in sight of title after beating Alaves Defensive pair Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos will return following one game bans, and Zidane could rotate his options for the trip to the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. Marcelo, Federico Valverde and Eden Hazard were all rested against Alaves and could come back into contention in the coming days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

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