Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has “warmly welcomed” the commencement today of a ‘definitive ceasefire’ by FARC and the ending of military actions against it by the Colombian government.
Teachta Adams said:
“This is an historic moment in the efforts to secure a lasting peace in Colombia. I want to commend the leaderships of FARC and of the Colombian government for their perseverance and courage.
“Sinn Féin has sought to play a supportive role in the peace process. Last year, I met with the FARC negotiators while on a visit to Cuba and Sinn Féin representatives have met with both sides as part of our international commitment to promoting peaceful solutions to conflicts.
“Two years ago, Martin McGuinness travelled to Colombia and met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Conor Murphy MLA, Alex Maskey MLA, Jennifer McCann MLA and others have been involved in discussions with both sides.
“Finally, I want to thank Cuban President Raul Castro and the Cuban and Norwegian governments for their positive role in facilitating the Colombian peace process. Their patient engagement over many years has contributed significantly to this progress.”
Concluding, Gerry Adams said:
“Agreements are only part of any resolution of conflict. As we know from the Irish peace process, the implementation and honouring of agreements is crucial to their success. There is an onus on all of the participants to the Colombian peace process, but especially the government, to ensure that the agreement reached is implemented in full.”