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The armed conflict in Colombia has been going on for 50 years.

Ceasefire agreement in Colombia – good news for the world

The government of Colombia and the FARC guerilla, currently engaged in peace negotiations in Havanna, Cuba, have agreed on a definitive bilateral ceasefire and a renouncement of violence.

6/23/2016 Publisher: Lena Hansson

“This is fantastic news for the people of Colombia, who for the past 50 years have been hard hit by the armed conflict and socio-political violence. And it’s good news for the world – because it’s a further example of it being possible to end armed conflict through dialogue and negotiation,” says Diakonia’s Secretary General Bo Forsberg. 

For peace and human rights

For decades Diakonia has being working with its partner organizations for peace, human rights and the rights of those affected by war in Colombia.

“We congratulate those who have taken part in the negotiations and urge the parties to respect and comply with the ceasefire agreement and continue to work on the steps that remain prior to subsequently being able to sign the final peace agreement,” says Bo Forsberg.

Reconciliation necessary

For a long time civil society in Colombia has been working to achieve a solution to the conflict through negotiation. The ceasefire agreement with FARC is a crucial success.

At the same time the government has initiated negotiations with another guerilla group, ELN. Diakonia is now urging the government and ELN to also take tangible steps towards effective dialogue and negotiation. We hope that Colombian society will succeed in overcoming hate and resistance and begin the reconciliation process that is necessary for peace building.

A new chapter

“A new chapter in Colombia’s history is about to begin, and there will be major challenges in implementing what has now been set out in the agreement. We urge the Swedish government and the international community to play a part in supporting this process,” says Bo Forsberg.