Washington Salutes Agreement on Agrarian Reform between Bogotá and FARC
By Dialogo May 30, 2013
On May 28, U.S. diplomats hailed the agreement on agrarian reform between Bogotá and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), announced on May 26, and expected to contribute to peace in Colombia.
The deputy spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Patrick Ventrell, congratulated “the first agreement ever reached between the Colombian government and the FARC,” considering it a “very positive step towards peace negotiations.”
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also welcomed this first agreement with Marxist guerrillas on May 28, and stated that it would lead to an “integral rural reform” in the next few years.
“We have strongly supported President Santos and the Colombian government for a long time in their quest for lasting peace and security, to which the Colombian people are entitled,” Ventrell added.
The Colombian authorities and FARC rebels, who have held peace negotiations in Cuba for six months, announced that they had reached an agreement regarding the agrarian reform on May 26.