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Rafael Ramírez recognized the work and commitment of Commander Chávez in the Colombian peace process

2016-09-13

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted on Tuesday a resolution to define the dimensions of the UN Political Mission that will support the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC).

Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, mentioned in his statement the importance and commitment of Hugo Chávez Frías in the process of negotiation between the Government of Colombia and the FARC.

“I can attest, as the close associate I was, to his efforts and constant concern for peace in Colombia, as well as to the political work led directly by him to approach and convince the parties as to the need for peace,” said Ramírez.
 
The Venezuelan diplomat talked about the need to eradicate the root causes of conflict in Colombia and facilitate the spaces for political and economic discussion with members of FARC, as well as the expected financial support.

“The work ahead for the political mission in supporting the parties in implementing the agreements and in monitoring and verifying compliance is a complex, and probably the most difficult task of all.”

Ramírez recalled that Venezuela has welcomed over 4 million Colombians that have resulted in displaced persons resulting from the internal conflict in the brotherly country.

He stressed that along the entire length of our long border of over 2,000 kilometres, people have suffered the rigours of violence and the existence of illegal structures to finance and support the war in Colombia.

Ramírez reiterated the request of Venezuela to include 100 Venezuelan observers to the join this important UN Mission in Colombia, respecting the gender balance established.


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