Colombia – Visit by André Vallini (September 26, 2016)
André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will visit Cartagena today to take part in the official ceremony for the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC.
This visit reflects France’s support for the process and the peace agreement. It follows on from the bilateral meeting between President Hollande and President Santos on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
This historic agreement puts an end to more than 50 years of conflict, which left hundreds of thousands of people dead. It demonstrates that the long and difficult search for peace should be relentlessly pursued. France notably commends the UN’s action on the ground, which established an observer mission to monitor compliance with the agreement.
France stands alongside the Colombian people on their path toward peace. We will continue to support the implementation of the agreement on a bilateral basis by contributing toward the financing of rural development and mine clearance, as well as within the EU and the UN, which will have an important role to play in this regard.
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Colombia from December 16 to 17 to attend the launch of the 2017 France-Colombia cultural exchange program.