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Published on November 28th, 2016 | by Shelby Vcelka

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ICTJ: New Accord Consolidates Path to Peace in Colombia

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New Accord Consolidates Path to Peace in Colombia
BOGOTA, November 16, 2016 – The International Center for Transitional Justice welcomes the announcement that the Government of Colombia and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) have agreed on a series of modifications to the peace accord, after the original version was narrowly rejected in the October plebiscite vote.

“With this new agreement Colombia is advancing toward the consolidation of the peace process,” said ICTJ President David Tolbert. “We are encouraged by the parties’ commitment to find the way forward in an expeditious and efficient manner to keep the momentum of the peace process on track.”

“The agreed-upon changes demonstrate the considerable flexibility and understanding of the negotiating parties,” underscored Maria Camila Moreno, Director of ICTJ’s Office in Colombia. “We hope that this will set an example for the entire country, especially during the very complex peacebuilding process that is set to begin.”

ICTJ has been working in Colombia since 2006 to achieve the realization of victims’ rights. It reiterates its commitment and willingness to offer its knowledge and national and international experience in support of the full implementation of the Comprehensive System for Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence contained in the new peace accord.

PHOTO: Demonstrators in Bogota hold hands in support of a peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia, File)


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