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Thursday, July 4, 2024 | The most recent update from the Colombian government reports that peace negotiations have commenced with the Second Marquetalia group, which previously agreed to a peace agreement in 2016 but subsequently resumed armed conflict as violence in rural areas of the country continued to escalate. It is imperative that the ceasefire declared by the Marquetalia group be upheld permanently.

I have proposed engaging my mediator with all parties in this peace dialogue, as I persistently urge the conflicting groups to reconcile and choose peace in line with the Global Peace 2030 agenda.

The people of the Republic of Colombia desire peace and development without violence or conflicts, therefore, I seek reconciliation with all conflicting groups, not just the Marquetalia group.