BOGOTA – Augusto Ramirez Ocampo, whose long political career included service as mayor of Bogota and Colombia’s foreign minister, died at his home in the capital, his family said. He was 77.
President Juan Manuel Santos said on Twitter that he regretted “with all my heart” Ramirez Ocampo’s death, adding “he was a great Colombian to us. (We send) our condolences to his family.”
A member of the Conservative Party, Ramirez Ocampo served as Bogota’s mayor from 1982-1984, a period during which the capital began to build and establish its cycling routes to provide an alternative to other means of transportation.
He also served in various positions within several different national administrations, but he obtained the most recognition as foreign minister from 1984-1986.
He was a member of groups that acted as facilitators in ultimately fruitless efforts to establish negotiations with Colombia’s largest rebel groups, the FARC and the ELN.
Ramirez Ocampo was a delegate to the National Constitutional Assembly, which in 1992 drafted the current Colombian Constitution.
He also held important posts with the United Nations.
The former foreign minister also headed the Inter-American Development Bank for a time and was presented with Spain’s Asturias Award for International Cooperation. EFE