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    The "Peace Dove" bronze sculpture will be kept inside the Nariño presidential palace | Photo: Presidency Colombia

Published 24 September 2016
Opinion

The famous painter, known for depicting overweight figures, expressed his support for the peace agreement in Colombia.

Colombian artist Fernando Botero donated a sculpture of a white dove to Colombians Saturday as a symbol of his support for the peace agreement reached between guerrilla and the government that is set to be signed on Monday.

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"With the sculpture 'The Peace Dove' I join this transcendental peace process in Colombia," Botero said in a message sent to President Juan Manuel Santos along with the art piece.

The painter and sculptor said he wanted to "give this gift to my country to express my support and solidarity with this process that will bring a future of hope and enthusiasm to all Colombians. Congratulations Colombia."

The one-meter bronze sculpture was placed in the Nariño Palace, headquarters of the Colombian government in Bogota. The white dove with a golden peak has Botero’s signature style of using heavy set figures.

President Santos unveils Botero's artwork in the Nariño Palace. Photo: Presidency Colombia

Santos said that the contributions of artists during the process of negotiating the agreement have "strengthened" his soul and that those who participated "have been critical of the war and very, very valuable advocates for peace."

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"It's a sculpture that will inspire millions of Colombians to say yes to the end of the war," Santos added.

Botero, who was born in Medellin, is recognized as one of Colombia's most important as well as one of the best-selling international artists. He has made several donations to museums in Medellin and Bogota.

The final peace deal will be signed on Sept. 26 in Cartagena de Indias, but the accords will need to be put to a popular vote in a plebiscite on Oct. 2. If the “Yes” wins, the agreement could end the over five decades long conflict that has killed over 220,000 people and displaced some 6.3 million others.

The final agreement was achieved on August 24, 2016 after almost four years of negotiations between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in Havana, Cuba.

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