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Colombia Santos Says Peace With FARC Would Be Tribute to Chavez

March 05, 2013

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, would be the best monument to honor the memory of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.

Santos comments on Chavez: “Everyone knows that we had a lot of differences in our economic vision, in our governing style, in our understanding of social progress. But from the first days of my presidency we decided to put aside these differences to concentrate on the greater good of Venezuela and of Colombia.”

“The obsession that united us, which was the foundation of our relationship, was peace in Colombia and the region. If we have advanced in a solid peace process, with clear and concrete progress, advances that have never been achieved before with the guerrillas of the FARC, it is also thanks to the unlimited dedication of President Chavez and of the Venezuelan government.”

“The best tribute we can give to memory of Hugo Chavez is to realize this dream that he shared with us to reach an agreement to end the conflict and see a Colombia in peace.”

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