The US says it will continue to cooperate with Colombia to support a lasting peace

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Washington, Nov 24 (EFE) .- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed this Wednesday that his country will continue to cooperate with Colombia to support a lasting peace, on the fifth anniversary of the signing of its historic agreement.

In a statement, Blinken congratulated Colombia on that pact signed five years ago between the extinct FARC guerrilla group and the Government of Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018), and praised the achievements and efforts to implement it.

“We wish to continue our close cooperation to support a lasting peace,” he said.

“The 2016 peace agreement in Colombia ended five decades of conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), represents the path to lasting peace,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Blinken stressed that the demobilization and reintegration of 13,000 ex-combatants in communities across the country “created opportunities for peaceful participation in the political process in Colombia.”

And he added that the work to transform the areas affected by the conflict opened the door to “a more economically vibrant, equal and stable region.”

“Colombia’s commitment to include 16 seats for victims of the conflict on the ballots for the March 2022 congressional elections will fulfill another priority of the peace process, giving victims a voice in Colombia’s democracy,” he said.

Blinken praised the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) for its efforts to bring justice and reparations to victims and the Truth Commission for offering opportunities for dialogue and reconciliation to “overcome patterns and practices that fueled the conflict.”

The Secretary of State considered that the implementation of the peace agreement continues to be a “generational opportunity to strengthen access to security, democratic institutions and economic opportunities for all Colombians.”

In its statement, Blinken did not mention the information confirmed to Efe on Tuesday by a source in the US Congress on the decision of the Government of US President Joe Biden to remove the defunct Colombian guerrilla of the FARC from its blacklist of terrorist organizations.

The legislative source explained that the Administration’s notification on this matter reached Congress on Tuesday.

State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to confirm at a press conference on Tuesday whether Biden has already reached a final decision to remove the FARC from the list, saying only that the policy toward the former was being reviewed. guerrilla group.

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