Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy After His Latest Meeting Today With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

“President Santos met with key senators and described both the significant achievements -- best illustrated by the peace agreement ending 50 years of armed conflict -- and the significant challenges ahead.  In many respects the agreement represents the end of the beginning, and I hope the Trump Administration will include sufficient funds in the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal to support its implementation.  With our help, it is now up to the Colombian Government, the FARC leaders and the Colombian people to address the poverty, injustice, inequality, insecurity, and impunity that were at the root of the conflict.

“At a time when people throughout Latin America are looking for a social, economic, and political model that can bring lasting prosperity and security, they and we in the United States also have a strong interest in Colombia’s success.”

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