S&D Group statement on elections in Colombia, 7 June 2018

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The two candidates running for the second round of the Colombian elections next Sunday, June 17, represent two different ideological options: Iván Duque, the candidate of the right, questions some points of the Havana Peace Agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), while the candidate of the left, Gustavo Petro, supports this Agreement and recommends continuity of negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN).
 
The S&D Group wants to express its support for the implementation of the Agreement with the FARC and the continuity of the negotiations with the ELN, so that the continuity of the peace process is guaranteed.
 
All three European institutions - the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council - have shown solid and constant support for this process, which has gone far beyond the rhetoric and has been reflected financially in the Trust Fund.
 
The S&D Group is firmly committed to the continuity of that commitment, and hopes that it can continue to bear fruit no matter what Government is elected. Either way, we will work with Ms. Mogherini and the European External Action Service so that European support for peace in Colombia continues through:
 
  • The presence of our special envoy, Eamon Gilmore, as the official representative of the European Union in this process.
  • The implementation of the European Trust Fund in aid for the post-conflict reconstruction
  • The EU's impetus to the International Community to support Colombia in the final overcoming of violence.
 
Elena Valenciano
María Arena
Francisco Assis
Ramón Jáuregui

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