AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Mgr. Castro Quiroga: "What is important is not the date, but the agreement has to be properly formulated"

Thursday, 17 March 2016 episcopal conferences   politics   violence   armed groups  


Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - "What matters is not the date when the agreement is signed, but it has to be properly formulated. We must avoid clauses which may later create problems, it is very important to avoid damaging the whole process": These were the words His Exc. Mgr. Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Archbishop of Tunja and President of Colombia (CEC Episcopal Conference) expressed regarding the notification of the government that leaves open the possibility that the signing of the peace agreement with the FARC may not take place on March 23 as announced.
The note sent to Fides by the CEC said that the Catholic Church will continue to support the peace process unconditionally. Yesterday, 16 March, talks resumed in the Cuban capital between Rodrigo Londoño, representative of the FARC, and Enrique Santos, brother of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, defined by the Colombian press as constructive. The national community hopes that even if the peace talks are not concluded on March 23, the hope is that at least on that date the signing of a "cease fire" becomes definitive. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 17/03/2016)