‘Colombian peace agreements must be implemented’ - Maskey
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said the Colombian government must do more to protect and implement the peace agreement in the region.
The West Belfast MP was speaking after attending an event hosted by Justice for Colombia at Westminster tonight.
Paul Maskey said:
"Sinn Féin and others in Ireland and the wider international community, worked and supported the Colombian peace agreement reached in 2016 between the Colombian Government and the FARC.
“It is important that the international community continues its support for the Colombian peace process.
“Serious issues have begun to emerge with over 400 people, political, community and human rights activists including 80 members of the FARC, killed by right wing paramilitaries.
“It appears those responsible act with impunity with reports stating that no-one has been arrested, charged or convicted. The Colombian government appears to be turning a blind eye to these murderous activities.
“This must end. The Colombian government needs to fully deliver on its commitments by urgently resolving its outstanding obligations.
"In our experience of the Irish Peace process confidence building measures are essential to maintaining momentum to sustain and build the peace. Part of this is the release of political prisoners not the continued detention or arrest of those central to the agreement.
"The Colombian government needs to deal with the critical threat to the peace agreement. They need to adhere to their obligations. Agreements reached need to be implemented and the security of all Colombian citizens, in particular those opposed to the government, needs to be guaranteed."