Tuesday 18 February 2014

Colombia - For a step of peace

The Community of Sant'Egidio, which has long been committed to support the current negotiations in Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, in the last days has called to a press conference in order to launch an appeal for reaching a peace agreement in the country.
International personalities, including two Nobel Prize winners (archbishop Desmond Tutu and Adolfo PĂ©rez Esquivel), agreed to encourage the parties to continue on the path of peace, moreover to finalize the talks that have lasted 14 months and allowed to converge on two of the five points on the agenda. It's time to put an end to a conflict that has killed 200,000 people and
created three million internally displaced.
As it’s possible to read on the website www.santegidio.org, the president of the Community, Marco Impagliazzo, said: "The negotiations are at a turning point. Our appeal aims to express solidarity and encouragement so that peace dialogue continues, in the conviction that the necessity of finding a final agreement is now a common acquisition. After the failure of previous negotiations and once established the impracticability of a military way out of the conflict, the convergence of both contenders on the commitment to seek formulas of understanding on controversial items gives us hope".

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