Pope Greets Presence of Victims in Colombian Peace Talks in Havana

Posted on Aug 20 2014 - 1:29pm by Rico

COLOMBIA NEWS –  Pope Francis expressed being happy for the victims of the Colombian armed conflict that were heard at the negotiating table of the Government and the guerrillas of the FARC-EP installed in Havana, Cuba.

The message was passed on the eve of the talks by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuri, Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, during the closing ceremony of the Third World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, which met in the Colombian capital from 15 to 19 August, according to Bogota radio station La F.M.

Errázuri, who integrates the Cardinals Council and is a personal friend of the Pope, said that His Holiness sent a hoping message to people affected by war for more than five decades, because he understand the pain they have gone through.

He also believes that without recognition of the search for truth, the search for justice, compensation and what it means forgiveness in situations like this, could not build true peace.

He also understand that these peacemakers processes are not so fast, because they have to go through the heart of people and also for political and economic measures.

But what Pope Francis wants the most is that these dialogues are a big successful, he added.

The delegations of the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) are address right now the issue of victims of conflict -the fourth in the five-point agreed agenda- in talks in Havana

Only related to the conflict itself, which will be analyzed in a parallel table is pending.

Since the installation of the peace process, on November 19, 2012, both parties have signed three partial agreements: the comprehensive agricultural development, political participation and the solution to the problem of illicit drugs, which have won wide international support.