BOGOTA - Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos today started the new legislative year of the country calling for a "Congress of post-conflict" as it will be marked by the expected signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla in the coming months.
During the legislative year which starts today, the Independence Day of Colombia, the Parliament will play a key role as it will receive 44 legislative proposals to implement the peace deal agreed by the government.
"You will be challenged to pass necessary laws and reforms to implement the peace agreements," Santos referred to the work that legislators will start today.
He also said that the reforms "are beneficial to Colombia and we would have to undertake them sooner or later."
In this regard, he said both the Congress and the government "have strived for an agenda that is changing the lives of our compatriots for the better" during the last six legislatures.
He thus concluded that the time came for legislators to complete their mission "because the Congress of peace will now be the Congress of post-conflict."
A few hours earlier, Bogota experienced the traditional military parade which commemorated the 206th anniversary of the Colombian independence.
Thousands of soldiers and police paraded through the streets under the slogan "Peace is the victory" which refers to the approaching signing of the peace agreement with the FARC rebels.