La Oferta

March 23, 2023

Norway, Netherlands support implementing peace agreement in Colombia

A handout photo made available by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (L) shaking hands with the second chief of the Revolutianary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Luciano Marin (R), also known as ‘Ivan Marquez,’ next to Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende (C) during a visit to the Veredal Transitory Standardization Zone (ZVTN) La Cooperativa, in Vista Hermosa, Colombia, 03 March 2017. The FARC, with nearly 7,000 members currently gathered in 26 encampments, will hand in their weapons to a United Nations (UN) mission after the rebel army signed a peace agreement with the Colombian government last year. EFE

Bogota, Mar 3 (EFE).- The foreign ministers of Norway and the Netherlands on Friday visited an encampment of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, and expressed their support for the implementation of the peace deal reached with the government.

Børge Brende and Bert Koenders visited Veredal Transitory Standardization Zone (ZVTN) La Cooperativa, in Vista Hermosa, accompanied by High Commissioner of Peace Sergio Jaramillo, the head of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, and FARC’s chief negotiator in the peace talks in Cuba, Luciano Marin Arango.

Brende said he recognized the efforts of the government, the peace commissioner, President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC to end the more than 52-year-long war.

Koenders lauded all sides for working together and were committing to the peace process. He added that the Dutch government would continue to back the process from the international front.

Jaramillo acknowledged the contribution of Cuba and Norway, which acted as guarantor states, in the peace process, and the Netherlands’ continued support.