Rep. Gallego Applauds Colombian President Santos’ Announcement Regarding Agreement with the FARC
Washington, DC – Congressman Ruben Gallego released the following statement about the agreement reached by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC):
“Yesterday’s announcement from President Santos represents a significant breakthrough in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). It marks another critical milestone on the path to ending the longest running conflict in our hemisphere.
“Issues of justice, truth and reconciliation are among the most difficult to resolve in any peace process and it’s heartening to see the great strides that both parties have taken at the talks in Havana. I appreciate the attention of the negotiators to the rights of victims on all sides, and I look forward to learning more about the details of the accord.”
“I also extend my congratulations to President Santos for his bold leadership in seeking a just conclusion to this conflict and express my appreciation to US Special Envoy Bernie Aronson for his hard work in facilitating the progress we have seen to date.
“Colombia is America’s closest ally in the region, and robust US assistance will be critical in implementing a final peace agreement. I remain committed to ensuring that the Colombian government can continue to count on strong support from Congress at this critical juncture in the country’s history.”