Colombian ex-president Ernesto Samper will assume the post of General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Thursday.
Samper, president of Colombia from 1994 through 1998, was elected to occupy the UNASUR head post on August 1, 2014.
“We will have an international event that is the official swearing in of former president Ernesto Samper as Secretary General of the UNASUR here in Caracas, receiving the position from Ali Rodriguez, who has been Secretary General for two years, and also has been a great teacher and a brother, ” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a meeting in the Warairarepano National Park.
Samper stated that his agenda will focus social, economic and political issues through the creation of the organization advisory boards, the first of which will be led by well known economists and former finance minister of Colombia, Jose Antonio Ocampo.
During his presidency Samper pushed for a peace process between his government and the National Liberation Army, the country's second largest guerrilla force. Samper has also taken part in the peace talks between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana.