Colombia’s half-century guerrilla war hasn’t even ended yet but President Juan Manuel Santos is already seeking to share a potential peace dividend and contribute to peacekeeping missions around the world.
Speaking at the United Nations on Monday Santos said he’d contribute 5,000 of the country’s estimated 470,000 police and soldiers to security missions within the next three years.
Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agreed last week to wrap up peace talks taking place in Cuba within six months.
Santos said he wants to help satisfy unprecedented demand for the U.N.’s so-called blue helmets in conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa.
But his generosity may face resistance from his military advisers who say security risks will remain high for years even if the rebels disarm.