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Colombia: OAS Secretary General Calls Agreement on Transitional Justice and Timetable for Peace a “Big Step”

  September 24, 2015

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Thursday called the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP on transitional justice and the establishment of a timetable to reach a definitive agreement by March 2016 “a big step forward.”

The agreement was reached in the framework of the talks taking place in Havana.

In addition, Almagro highlighted that “this agreement, the result of months of joint work, embodies the concern of both sides that the victims and their reparations must be the basis of the construction of peace in Colombia.”

Along similar lines, the Secretary General urged the parties “to continue working in the search for consensus so that, as announced, a definitive agreement can be reached within the established dates.”

“These achievements encourage the efforts of the negotiating teams,” he said, and underlined that ”they also strengthen the hope of all the peoples of the Americas to see Colombia at peace.”

Finally, the Secretary General reiterated the willingness of the OAS “to continue to support the efforts of Colombians to build peace, as it has done for the last eleven years through the Mission to Support the Peace Process (MAPP/OAS).”

Reference: E-301/15