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Raúl receives the President of Colombia and the leader of the FARC-EP

Raul recibe SantosThe two are in the country to sign an important agreement on the issue of victims’ rights and the application of justice, which would take Colombia a step closer to achieving peace.

The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, today received Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos, and the leader of the FARC-EP, Timoleón Jiménez, who are in Havana to make a historic announcement set to take the South American country the closest it has ever been to achieving peace.

Both figures have cometo signa preliminary agreementon the issueof the victims of andthe application of post-conflict justice.

The understanding reached at the negotiating table in the Cuban capital is a historic step to guaranteeing the rights of the victims, ending the conflict and achieving peace after more than 50 years of conflict, with hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced.

The agreement establishes the mechanisms to be used for the application of justice after securing peace, a major step which would address one of the most important issues of the negotiations.

The meeting, held at the Cubanacán Protocol Hall, was also attended by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, as well as participants in the peace talks from the Colombian government.

Since November 2012, when the peace talks were installed in Cuba, the island has ratified its historic commitment to peace in Colombia and the efforts to end the political, social and military conflict in the sister nation.

The efforts of the island, as guarantor and host of the talks, is consistent with the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace signed at the Second CELAC Summit in Havana.


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