Durkan welcomes Colombian ceasefire
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed the news that the Colombian government and FARC rebels have agreed to lay down arms as they approach the end of historic peace talks in Cuba.
Details of the bilateral ceasefire will be made public later today and a final peace deal could be signed by 20 July – ending five decades of armed conflict in which an estimated 220,000 people have been killed.
Today’s meeting will be chaired by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez – also known as ‘Timochenko’. They will be joined by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Cuban leader Raul Castro and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who are representing guarantor countries.
Mr Durkan has visited Colombia and Cuba on a number of occasions in recent years to support a new peace deal – including meeting with senior government representatives and FARC leader Timochenko.:: More