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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Open Letter to the Mayor or Medellin

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Citizens and social, victims, youth, women and cultural organizations have asked Medellin City Council a stronger commitment with the implementation and pedagogy of the Peace Agreement, following the rejection by the mayor Federico Gutiérrez to compromise the Metropolitan Area to peace related tasks. Peace is an ethic and political mandate that all State officials are obliged to assume.

The Open Letter to the Mayor (for which signatures are being collected) says among other things that the signatories are “worried about the position that you, the mayor, have taken with respect to the Peace Process. Indeed – the letter says – it seems that the position of Medellin City Council is one of opposition to the Peace Process”.

Underlining that peace is “a right and a constitutional duty as expressed in Article 22 of the Constitution”, the signatories also reaffirm that the “State officials have a duty to fulfill their mandate and work for the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, and supported by a wide section of Colombian society as well as international organizations and institutions, such us the UN and the European Union”.

The signatories asked the mayor of Medellin to “ratify [his] commitment to peace and work for the implementation of the agreements as well as the pedagogy of peace”.

Recalling that “20% of the people of Medellin are direct victims of the conflict”, the signatories ratify their commitment to “non repetition” guarantees.

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