Colombia: Peace accord signed

25 August 2016 - 12:45pm
Press release

Responding to news that Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have signed a peace accord to end decades of brutal conflict in Colombia, Seb Munoz, War on Want's Senior International Programmes Officer (Latin America), said:

"The signing of the accord is an historic moment. In a world ravaged by war, moments like this strike at the heart of those who have shamefully profited from the brutal civil war. For too long, the interests of global capital and wealthy nations, including the UK, have come before those of ordinary Colombians.

"The central feature of the conflict has always been the rampant inequality, so solving the social, environmental and political problems still present in Colombia depends on the active participation of a majority of Colombians, who have all too often been side-lined.

"The survivors of violence and human rights abuses, who have long been at the forefront of the struggle for peace and justice, know only too well that the prospect of peace in Colombia does not rest solely on a deal done between the rebel groups and the state. Many more people have a stake.

"It is crucial that the international community stands in solidarity with the people of Colombia. Colombians want peace with social, economic and environment justice at its heart: now is the time to seize it."

 

Notes to Editors

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Guardian: Farc peace deal: rebels and Colombian government sign accord to end war

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