10.03.16

Reaction To The Vote Rejecting The Peace Agreement In Colombia

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt., Ranking Member, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee On The State Department And Foreign Operations)
To The Vote Rejecting The Peace Agreement In Colombia

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

“The nearly even split in the vote illustrates the social, economic, and political divisions that are at the root of the conflict. Further bloodshed would only deepen those divisions.

“Any peace agreement requires painful compromises, particularly when both sides are responsible for numerous atrocities against civilians. Both sides have clearly had enough of war. Despite the vote, there is no turning back. I have confidence that President Santos, who has shown great political courage to get to this point, will find a way to bring the process to a satisfactory conclusion.”

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