Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (24 September) on the breakthrough achieved in the negotiations between the Colombian Government and FARC guerillas in Havana:
I welcome the fact that the Colombian Government and the FARC negotiators have managed to remove the worst obstacles to an agreement. This political breakthrough was possible thanks to the courage displayed by all those involved, above all the Colombian Government under President Santos. Further difficult compromises will be needed to bring this long-standing internal conflict in Colombia to an end.
We also appreciate the efforts of those countries which have supported the negotiations in Havana over the past three years, in particular Norway and Cuba, as well as Venezuela and Chile, which have played and continue to play an important role in this process.
All those involved in the peace process may rest assured of Germany’s support in implementing the peace accords now emerging, especially with regard to the key task of transitional justice.