Statement on peace in Colombia

GENEVA COUNCIL - Making global markets work for all, 23-24 November 1998

Original: Spanish

The Council of the Socialist International in the context of the increased levels of armed conflict in the Republic of Colombia:

observes with satisfaction the process of dialogue that is due to start between the government and the guerrillas with a view to reaching agreements for a lasting peace;

trusts in a broad participation of civil society and supports a cease-fire, respect for human rights and the full observance of international human rights conventions;

considers that the existence of a real desire for dialogue and the acceptance and observance of the rules and conditions which make that possible must be accompanied by concrete actions for peace and not by violent actions which foment persecution and mistrust and gravely damage attempts at reconciliation.