We welcome the Colombian government and FARC-EPs willingness to negotiate. Since the first peace agreement was rejected by a narrow margin in a referendum in October 2016, the negotiating parties and civil society has insisted on finding a solution to ensure the Colombian peoples' right to peace.
We recognize the important role that the international community, particularly the host countries Cuba and Norway, have had in the achievement of a peace agreement.
The peace agreement is a decisive step towards a new future for Colombia. The implementation of the peace agreement will ensure basic rights for all Colombians, including the right to participation and the right to a dignified life. The agreement has special emphasis on the rights of vulnerable groups, including victims of the conflict, women and children. The implementation is to ensure the improvement of living conditions in rural areas, as well as access to political participation. If the implementation is to result in peace and reconciliation, it requires the involvement of all sectors of the Colombian society, as well as support from the international community.
Members of political parties, civil society organizations, and human rights organizations are subjected to persecution, threats and murder. The Colombian government has the duty to guarantee the right to life, freedom and security. The international community must assist the Colombian government in guaranteeing security, allowing the democratic opposition to act without persecution.
The peace agreement is a decisive step towards a peaceful development in the continent, and the exemplary agreement should be an inspiration to the rest of the world. The Danish government must support the implementation of the peace agreement bilaterally and in international fora.