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Colombian Court Invalidates NATO Cooperation Agreement

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The agreement was aimed at allowing NATO and Colombia to explore and develop cooperation and consultations in areas of common interest. However, it did not formally recognize Colombia as a NATO partner.

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The Constitutional Court of Colombia has ruled the Agreement on the Security of Information with NATO as invalid.

The document was inked in Brussels in June 2013. It was aimed at allowing NATO and Colombia to explore and develop cooperation and consultations in areas of common interest. Particularly, the agreement was to give Colombia access to NATO professional experience and standards.

Marking a first step for future cooperation in the security field, the agreement, however, did not formally recognize Colombia as a NATO partner.

After examination, the court found a series of legal mistakes in the text of the document. In addition, some errors were found in the voting on the document which was held in the Senate.

The legal examination was initiated by the Colombian General Prosecutor Office since the text provided no clear definitions for "classified information." The General Prosecutor Office demanded to strike down the agreement.

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