Monday, September 27, 2021

Santos pledges dialogue to achieve national unity for peace

A handout picture provided by the presidency of Colombia, shows President Juan Manuel Santos (c) during a tribute by public officials, after he was announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in Bogota, Colombia, on 7 October 2016. The National Business Council (CGN) of Colombia, which brings together leading businessmen in the country, considered the Nobel Peace with which he was awarded the President Juan Manuel Santos "is an incentive to look ahead and consolidate a national agreement." EPA / JUAN DAVID TENA / PRESIDENCY OF COLOMBIA / EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO SALES

A handout picture provided by the presidency of Colombia, shows President Juan Manuel Santos (c) during a tribute by public officials, after he was announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in Bogota, Colombia, on 7 October 2016. The National Business Council (CGN) of Colombia, which brings together leading businessmen in the country, considered the Nobel Peace with which he was awarded the President Juan Manuel Santos “is an incentive to look ahead and consolidate a national agreement.” EPA / JUAN DAVID TENA / PRESIDENCY OF COLOMBIA / EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO SALES

Bogota, Oct 13 (EFE).- The president of Colombia has pledged to continue negotiating with different sectors of the public and civic organizations that participated in the referendum that shut down a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

After the tight victory of the “no” campaign over the “yes” in the plebiscite on Oct. 2, Juan Manuel Santos insisted the national government, opposition representatives and FARC will work with the public to reach a consensus to end 52 years of armed conflict in the country.

“With the former presidents (Alvaro) Uribe and (Andres) Pastrana, we established procedures for receiving proposals. We are awaiting these advances,” Santos said.

Speaking on Wednesday, the same day that some 10,000 Colombians marched in Bogota in support of peace, the president told victims of FARC violence that “their rights are at the core of the agreement”.

Santos added that he had met with indigenous groups, who had vehemently requested to “carry on with peace”.

The head of state said a solution needs to be met as soon as possible because “uncertainty is the enemy of the process”.

“I will continue listening and collecting concerns for clarification so that we will be able to discuss it at the negotiating table,” he said.