Latin America, Caribbean reiterate support for peace process in Colombia

Posted on Jan 30 2014 - 9:44am by Rico
CELAC Summit Havana 2014

At the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Cuba on Wednesday, regional leaders signed a document expressing their support for ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC, the nations largest rebel group.

The “Final Declaration of the Second Summit,” signed by each of the heads of state present, reads, “we reiterate our support for the process dialogue that takes place in Havana, Cuba, between the Government of Colombia and the FARC, and welcome progress by reaching agreements on two important points on the agenda.”

It added, “we the parties to continue the process to end internal conflict for over 50 years that has affected the political, social and economic development of that sister nation.”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked the assembled leaders for their “unofficial”  support in Colombia’s ongoing peace process on Tuesday. 

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Peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC, the country’s oldest rebel group, began in November 2012. To date, the parties have reached agreements on two out of six scheduled agenda items, and are currently discussing illicit drug cultivation in Colombia.

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