09.26.16

Signing Of Final Peace Agreement In Colombia

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy
To The Sept. 26 Signing Of A Final Peace Agreement In Colombia,
Ending 5 Decades Of Civil War

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

“Today was a very long time in coming. During decades of war that killed hundreds of thousands and uprooted millions, every Colombian citizen and family paid a price. President Santos staked his political reputation on the negotiations, the outcome of which was never certain. He deserves great credit for having the vision and the courage for staying the course.

“We also owe thanks to the governments of Cuba and Norway that helped facilitate the talks, and to the Obama administration for its strong support for a political settlement that offers the Colombian people the best chance to build a unified, peaceful country.

“In many respects the agreement signifies the end of the beginning. It is up to the Colombian Government, the FARC leaders, and the Colombian people to work together to implement it in a manner that finally and effectively addresses the poverty, injustice, inequality, insecurity and impunity that were at the heart 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 the United States also have a strong interest in Colombia’s success.”

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