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Message of the Secretary General on the Beginning of Dialogue between the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN)

  March 30, 2016

The beginning, this Wednesday, of a public dialogue between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) represents a concrete and encouraging step toward a peace that has been sought for decades—by the Colombian people, by our hemisphere, and by the entire world. We wish them every success.

This announcement gives new impetus to the peace process in Colombia. I’m convinced that with everyone’s willingness, it will be possible to find points of consensus and mechanisms that ensure a comprehensive and lasting peace.

Colombia can count on all of the support, mechanisms, and resources of the Organization of American States in order to move toward peace with equity. The work that the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS) has been carrying out for more than a decade attests to our commitment. Count on us.

Reference: E-036/16