June 23, 2016
President of Cuba Raul Castro stated today that peace will be a victory of Colombia, but also of Our America, when speaking at the signing ceremony of the ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP.
The Cuban president stated that the peace process in Colombia is irreversible and pointed out many predicted the failure of these negotiations when they began in November 2012, as it had happened with previous peace processes.
However, he said, the momentous agreements announced today by the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) bring us, as never before, to the end of the conflict that lasted more than five decades.
The decision to sign these agreements of a definitive and bilateral ceasefire and end of the hostilities, the surrender of weapons and safety guarantees, represents a decisive step in the peace process, he said.
The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), he said, has in its young history the great milestone of the proclamation of the region as a zone of peace, which took place in Havana in 2014.
In his speech at the signing ceremony of those agreements, Raul Castro also ratified that the commitment of the Cuban people and government to peace is and will always be permanent, faithful to the legacy of its National Hero, José Martí (1853-1895), who said that that “Homeland is humanity ‘.
Read President Castro’s here: http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2016-06-23/raul-castro-there-is-no-going-back