QUITO – Ecuador’s attorney general, Galo Chiriboga, on Wednesday hailed the upcoming signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas, calling it a benefit for the region that, however, also could bring negative consequences.
Chiriboga delivered a speech at the inauguration of a meeting of attorneys general and general prosecutors of member countries of the Quito-based Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, congratulating Colombia for the peace pact, which he called an “historic achievement.”
“That peace document, which we hope the Colombian people ratify in a referendum, will bring to a close an epoch of violence in Colombia, but it also opens for us a question mark for the region: What effect will peace have on our countries?” he asked.
Answering his rhetorical question right away, Rosell remarked: “Without a doubt, we will have environments of greater security and greater peace in the region, but it could also generate new spaces for violence in the region,” noting the possibility that certain groups could transfer themselves to other nations.
He said, however, that nobody can question the importance and significance of the peace deal, and he repeated his congratulations of Colombia for reaching the accord.
After several rounds of negotiations held in Havana, the peace pact achieved last month between Bogota and the FARC will be officially signed on Sept. 26 in the Colombian city of Cartagena.
Then, it will be submitted to an Oct. 2 plebiscite in which, in order to be approved, at least 13 percent of the registered voters must vote “yes” on it.
With the historic accord, the FARC will cease to exist as an illegal armed organization and will transform itself into a political movement.