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Colombian Government Mulls Signing Peace Agreement during UN General Assembly

BOGOTA – The Colombian government is considering signing the peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas during the UN General Assembly in New York this September, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said.

In a Bogota press conference, Holguin said the government is “evaluating” the possibility, which has already been discussed with the secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and the United Nations.

“It is a decision we’re looking at very closely, it is not easy and when the time comes we will announce where the signing will be,” Holguin told reporters gathered at the Presidential Palace.

The foreign minister was joined by the rest of the government’s negotiating team to explain the scope of the peace agreement and the bilateral and definitive cease-fire between the FARC and the government which began at midnight Monday.

The formal signing of the peace agreement will be performed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC’s top leader, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias “Timoshenko,” who has already made two announcements in Havana discussing progress in the peace process.

On Saturday, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said that the formal signing ceremony will be held between Sept. 20-26, with the date not yet determined due to the agendas of the high-profile officials involved.

Given the range of dates being considered, the signing of the pact could coincide with the UN General Assembly.

Colombia is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, Santos revealed last Wednesday.

He said it would be a “happy” coincidence if the signed peace agreement could be presented to world leaders on that day.

Starting on the day after the signing ceremony, the FARC will have 180 days to demobilize and turn over its weapons under the supervision of a UN-led international commission.

 

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