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Vice President of Colombia advocates moving towards peace

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Márquez emphasized the need to build a social dialogue under the principles of respect, tolerance and mutual recognition, which includes the communities that have historically coexisted in the department, the producer union, the business sector and the State.

It is the call that I make, not only as vice president, but as a member of this region. We are clear about the responsibility that assists us, as a national government and with the spirit of our ancestors, to collectively build a solution, she stressed.

The vice president reiterated that the priority of the new government is to protect life and in this sense she hopes, together with other authorities, to find a way out, which, first of all, allows maintaining peaceful coexistence in that region.

Second, safeguard the lives of all community members. Third, adopt measures to maintain coexistence among indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and peasants, he added.

He said that the armed and social conflict in the department and, in this case, the conflict over land, did not start now, it is a situation that has been going on for years and has deepened.

“These conflicts over land between peasants, indigenous people and Afro-descendants are historical. I have been a witness (…) of the many situations that have arisen », he recalled.

The dialogue table is made up of the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cecilia López, the Governor of Cauca, Elías Larrahondo Carabalí, the Mayor of Santander de Quilichao, Lucy Amparo Guzmán, among others, as well as representatives of the communities and unions.

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