Participating Members

Belisario Betancur

President of Colombia
(1982-1986)

Belisario Betancur was a member of the National Constituent Assembly from 1953 to 1957; Minister of Labor in 1963 and Ambassador of Colombia to Spain from 1975 to 1977. In 1982, he was elected President of the Republic for the Conservative Party and served until 1986. As President, he began the Grupo de Contadora por la Paz en Centroamérica, launched democratic reforms by incorporating the principal armed movements into civil life, promoted low-cost housing and open universities, began a literacy campaign and endorsed tax amnesty. Mr. Betancur is currently the Vice-President of the Club of Rome for Latin America, and President of the Santillana for Latin America Foundation in Bogotá.

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