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Fri Jun 6, 2014, 02:01 PM

OAS passes unanimous resolution supporting Colombia peace process

OAS passes unanimous resolution supporting Colombia peace process
Jun 6, 2014 posted by Larisa Sioneriu

The Organization for American States (OAS) officially expressed its unanimous support Thursday for ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group, the country’s largest.

The world’s oldest regional organization released a statement, signed by all 35 independent member states, praising the progress made since the start of negotiations in Havana, Cuba in November 2012. The peace process was initiated by the government of President Juan Mnauel Santos, currently running for reelection in a second round run-off contest scheduled for June 15.

“(The OAS) expresses its strong support for the efforts advanced by the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Colombian people, accompanied by the international community, to reach a final agreement to end the armed conflict that has affected Colombia for decades,” read the statement.

The statement emerged from the 44th General OAS Assembly, held in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion, which concluded that “peace is a fundamental value for the Continent” and that “negotiating peace in this country represents a historical opportunity for Colombia and the whole Continent.”

Representatives from Ecuador and Venezuela both made similar statements, mentioning specifically the efforts of the Santos government to restore friendly diplomatic relations between the neighboring Andean nations, following years of tense conflict.


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