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OAS Secretary General Reaffirms Support for Peace Initiatives in Colombia and Highlights Canada’s Contribution to MAPP

  November 6, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today said that the institution he leads supports Colombia and its government in the efforts currently under way to achieve peace in the country, and highlighted the contribution to the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process (MAPP/OAS) in Colombia announced by the Government of Canada for this year.

The OAS leader said that Colombia "is currently experiencing an historic moment in the talks between the national government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)." "If these agreements are signed, we are convinced that it would be a tremendous step forward for the building of peace in Colombia," he said during the presentation to the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution's periodic report on the MAPP/OAS.

In this context, Secretary General Insulza expressed support for the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. "I want to reaffirm here our commitment to accompany each and every initiative that seeks to build spaces, scenarios and concrete actions aimed at achieving peace," he said.

Regarding the contribution to the MAPP announced by the Canadian government, Secretary General Insulza praised the contribution of all member countries to the financing of the OAS Peace Mission, and stressed that "maintaining the strength of the Mission is very important for us." He noted that "announcements like the one made by Canada allow us to move forward with the Mission," and therefore "I also call on countries to continue contributing to the success of the Mission, because that will allow us to continue working together with the government of Colombia not only on what is taking place now, but also on what might happen next."

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Reference: E-416/13