The signatories, listening to the clamor of the Colombian people, unite our wills in the effort to contribute to a political solution of the conflict that started more than fifty years ago in our brother nation. We are aware that peace with social justice, dignity and sovereignty for Colombia is an issue of strategic importance for mankind; that´s why we convene the International Congress for Peace in Colombia to be held on 4, 5 and 6 September 2013 in the city of Caracas, Venezuela.
The purpose of this conference is to unify criteria and agendas for the development of global actions in order to generate an international environment conducive to a thorough development of the peace process in Colombia, and promote peace efforts of Colombians in this regard. We realize that the horizon of peace will not be complete without the participation of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the People’s Liberation Army (EPL) in these dialogues. We, intellectuals, social activists, parliamentarians, artists, ecumenical leaders, women, students, farmers of all races from all over the world, received with joy and hope the notable progress of the conversations taking place in Havana, Cuba, between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army – FARC-EP. At the same time, we welcome the fact that the multi-colored voices of the Colombian people stand strong and united to find the way towards peace. The current political situation in Colombia and the regional environment demand the consolidation of our solidarity, expressed in different latitudes with the requirement that no one leaves the table while the end of the conflict and the construction of a stable and lasting peace haven´t been reached yet.
- Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel for Peace, Argentina.
- Eduardo Galeano, Writer, Uruguay.
- Don Pedro Casaldaliga, Bishop Emeritus Sao Felix of Araguaia, Brasil.
- Mireille Fanon-Mendès, Foundation Frantz Fanon, Francia.
- Obispo Medardo E. Gómez, Salvadoran Lutheran Church, El Salvador.
- Frei Betto, Theologian, Writer and Journalist, Brasil.
- Agustin Lao Montes, Teacher, Sociology Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, Afro-American Studies , University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
- Nidia Arrobo Rodas, Indian Pueblo Foundation of Ecuador. See all → / Join us →