President Juan Manuel Santos stated today that peace in his country is possible, and described as serious the talks with the FARC-EP, according to an article in the Wall Strett Journal quoted by El Tiempo

 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts September 25, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

he opportunity is real and if “the peace dialogue is successful, the benefits to the region and the world are huge,” Santos said after thanking the international community for its support for these conversations.

In the article, he insisted that there would be no amnesty granted, but at the same time, he asked to find a middle point between justice and peace. “We are building a comprehensive and necessary legal framework based on international law,” he said.

Santos stressed that true peace would take many years and that genuine peace requires a collective effort.

Talks between the government and the FARC-EP began in Cuba on November 19, 2012, with a five-point agenda. The first was comprehensive agricultural development, which resulted in agreements last May.