BOGOTA Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Monday that his upcoming trip to Europe will include a visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels to present his plan for implementation of the 2016 peace agreement with the FARC rebels.
The talks in Brussels are set for Oct. 24, two days after he is received at the Vatican by Pope Francis, the president said at the end of a meeting with the EU special envoy for the Colombian peace process, Eamon Gilmore.
Duque hailed the EUs support for the peace accord and said that he plans to pursue joint efforts with the European bloc to put an end to drug trafficking in Colombia.
He said that his administration wants to maintain the program of social investment in the areas of Colombia most affected by decades of armed conflict.
We want to guarantee that we will accompany the people who have entered the cycles of voluntary eradication (of illicit crops) and supervise the success of this process, Duque said.
According to a report published in September by the United Nations, the amount of Colombian land planted with coca the raw material of cocaine stood at a record 171,000 hectares (422,550 acres) in 2017.