Crowe welcomes FARC ceasefire in Colombia
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has welcomed the two month unilateral ceasefire announced by the FARC guerilla group today.
The FARC has announced a cessation of all military operations including acts of sabotage against government and private property from midnight on Tuesday to 20 January.
The FARC guerilla group and the Colombian Government are in Cuba which alongside Norway is hosting peace talks that may end the 50 years of conflict in the country.
Speaking following the announcement Deputy Seán Crowe said;
“I welcome this ceasefire announcement from the FARC as it is a positive start to the peace talks between the Colombian Government and the guerilla group that have started in Cuba.
“The war in Colombia has been going on for nearly 50 years and hopefully this is a sign that Colombians might finally be given an opportunity to live free from conflict and in peace.
“Today’s announcement will hopefully help create the positive conditions where serious inclusive dialogue can now begin between the FARC and the Colombian Government. This is only the first step but an important one in what will undoubtedly be a long process. As we know from Ireland and other areas of the world where conflict and division are being addressed, peace is not a single event but part of a wider a process.
“There is a huge amount of difficult issues that will have to be discussed and achieved in order to bring a about the conditions where the Colombian people and their representatives can actually see a successful end to this long conflict.
“Sinn Fein will be monitoring the developments in the peace talks closely and will continue to get updates from human rights and civil society groups based in Colombia. The parties to the discussions face enormous challenges but we wish them every success in their deliberations.”