The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz paid an official visit to Colombia, ahead of a historic peace accord between the government and left-wing Farc rebels. Schulz said there is peace at last – after more than 50 years of conflict, hundreds of thousands of casualties, tens of thousands of missing people and millions of internally displaced persons.
“Generations of Colombians had been waiting for this moment and many thought it would never come. Today rewards those who, through perseverance and courage, never stopped believing in peace. It is now for the Colombian people to decide whether to endorse this accord,” Schulz was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the European Parliament on August 25.
“Colombian citizens now have the tangible prospect of a life which is safer, for them and for their children; where opportunity, education, rights and duties reach peoples and regions which had so far been cut off from Colombia’s economic and social development,” he added.
“It was humbling to be in Colombia only a few hours before the peace agreement was signed, to speak with the political players involved in the agreement, with President Santos and also with those who oppose this peace agreement. There was a strong sense of excitement. Everyone felt that a new page of a fresh chapter in Colombia’s history is being written.”