WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated America’s “firm support” for the ongoing peace negotiations between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, the White House said.
In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Biden and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also discussed Colombia’s potential role in international peacekeeping operations.
The two leaders also affirmed their regional cooperation on energy and security issues and discussed how to strengthen bilateral trade ties.
Santos is visiting the United States this week where he participated Tuesday in the UN Climate Summit with a call to the international community to join efforts in protecting the Amazon as it is one of the main “lungs” of the planet.
The summit, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was designed to encourage a global commitment towards reducing polluting emissions.
In a meeting with Ban on Monday, Santos thanked Ban for his support for the peace process and listened to the actions that the United Nations would be carrying out to support Colombia.
Santos also addressed the issue of the peace process at a symposium organized by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, where he defended the decision not to declare a ceasefire in the conflict until a final truce is reached.
The Colombian government and the FARC have fought an armed conflict for half a century which Santos hopes to end through negotiations in Cuba which began almost two years ago.