McGuinness to visit Colombia to support peace process
Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness will be in Colombia from 31 March – 2 April 2014 at the request of the Colombian President.
President Santos has invited Mr McGuinness to engage with the Colombian peace process.
During his visit Martin McGuinness will support the efforts of all those involved in the ongoing peace process in Colombia and discuss valuable experiences from the Irish Peace Process.
During his time in Colombia, Martin McGuinness will meet with a wide range of groups and individuals, who represent the many views on the way forward in the Colombian peace process.
These will include political leaders from all sides, trade union leaders and wider civic society.
Speaking about his forthcoming trip to Colombia, Martin McGuinness said:
“I have shared our experience of the Irish Peace Process, and the challenges it continues to present, with people across various conflict zones, in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Iraq,Turkey, the Basque Country and Colombia.
"I hope through talking to all participants of this particular conflict we can impress upon them, how central inclusive dialogue is to the process.
"While one peace process cannot be simply transplanted to another situation there are undoubtedly valuable lessons, which can be learned from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements that we have reached.”