Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Colombia: OAS Secretary-General Condemns Abduction of General Officer, Others

According to The Latin American Tribune, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, condemned the kidnapping of General Rubén Darío Alzate Mora, Commander of Task Force Titán, of Corporal Jorge Contreras Rodríguez and attorney Gloria Urrego, Special Projects Coordinator for the Task Force, which occurred on November 16 in the town of Las Mercedes, Choco, at the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

In addition, he condemned the kidnapping of two members of the armed forces, which occurred on November 9 in Arauca, also at the hands of the FARC.

Insulza strongly questioned the illegal operations perpetrated by the FARC at a time when the negotiations for peace in Colombia have been shown to be the only way to achieve peace in the South American country.

COMMENT: Insulza also expressed his concern over the possible setbacks in peace talks promoted by the government of President Juan Manuel Santos, who has opted for the path of dialogue to end the violence that damages his country and which he has defended at great cost.

Insulza called on the FARC to be responsible to Latin America and not to discard the progress made in the Havana talks, in which the hopes of the Colombian people and the international community have been placed.

Finally, Insulza called for the immediate release in good health of all persons deprived of their liberty, and with the absolute conviction that dialogue is the only way forward, urged all actors to promote conditions allowing for the resumption of talks and that they be brought to a successful conclusion.

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