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"Colombia can only achieve peace through reconciliation," ex-President Santos said.
This November 24 marks the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). This anniversary, however, occurs amid a growing increase in violence against former combatants.
"Colombia can only achieve peace through reconciliation, as urged by Pope Francis in his visit to the country a few months after the signing," Colombia's former President Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) said.
"The hatreds accumulated over so long, the thirst for revenge, and the inability of many to forgive are the main obstacles to reconciliation."
In 2016, his administration and FARC representatives signed the Peace Agreement to end 52 years of armed conflict. Since that date, however, over 240 former guerrillas have been killed.
"It is possible to stop the constant killing of former combatants. It only requires more efficiency from the Armed Forces, more justice, and political will to enforce the Agreement," Santos assured.
the conflict is continuing in #Colombia thanks to government inaction and lack of implementing peace agreement, causing thousands of people endless suffering and hopelessness. https://t.co/NTuXKyW73o