The President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump has on Friday released a statement condemning the call to resume armed conflict in Colombia.
President Trump in a statement released by Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo said the United States stands resolutely with the Government of Colombia, President Duque, and the Colombian people in their efforts to secure the just and lasting peace and security Colombia deserves. He said:
“We strongly repudiate recent calls by some individuals to abandon the FARC’s commitments under the 2016 peace accord and engage in further terrorism and violence. We also condemn the continued terrorist activities of the ELN and those who enable it and give it a safe haven.
Colombia has long been one of the United States’ strongest partners in the region. The continuing adherence to and implementation of the 2016 peace accord is vital to sustainable progress on security, counternarcotics, human rights, and economic development.
The United States welcomes actions that ensure those who have committed or continue to commit serious crimes since the signing of the peace accord in 2016 are held accountable to the full extent of the law and are subject to extradition as appropriate and provided for under the agreement”.
The statement added further that only democratic institutions will be recognized in Colombia, while kicking against armed conflict, saying:
“Trump will continue to support inclusive democratic institutions in Colombia. They have been and continue to be crucial to advancing peace, security, and prosperity in Colombia and its neighbours“.