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McGuinness welcomes FARC ceasefire

18 December, 2014 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has welcomed the announcement of a unilateral ceasefire by Colombian revolutionary group, FARC.

Speaking after FARC declared a unilateral ceasefire, Mr McGuinness said;

"This announcement by FARC of a unilateral indefinite ceasefire which will begin on Saturday is very welcome.

"I travelled to Colombia earlier this year and met with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos to assist the peace process. 

“Sinn Féin representatives also met the Columbian Government and representatives of FARC to assist the efforts of everyone involved in ending the conflict.

"I am  encouraging all of those in positions of influence to support the Colombian peace process and to continue to demilitarise the situation. 

"During my engagements with all of those involved in the Colombian peace process I impressed upon them the importance of inclusive dialogue.

"I hope that this opportunity to move the process forward will be embraced by all parties to the conflict."

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