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Colombian President to Reactivate National Peace Commission
an article by Prensa Latina

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, announced today [March 26] he will reactivate the National Peace Commission, created in the 90s to promote a culture of peace and to support the dialogue between the Government and the Guerrilla FARC-EP.

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In a meeting with governors of the central department of Tolima, the Executive assured that the process installed in November 2012 in Cuba is sufficiently mature to take that step and convoke that institution, created two decades ago under the government of former President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998).

Santos affirmed he has answered many petitions of social organizations to this end. I am going to convoke the Commission in which many representatives of civil society participate, to use that institution and promote a culture of peace, he reiterated.

After thanking the permanent support of governors to the talks, the President announced the resignation of Minister for the Social Dialogue, Luis Eduardo Garzon, who besides participating in his campaign for reelection, will play a fundamental role in the coordination of the National Peace Commission.

The peace process installed a little over a year ago, focuses discussión on a six-point agenda from which there are already partial agreements on the topic of agrarian development on which there are already partial comprehensive agrarian development and political participation.

At present, the parts in dialogue approach the issue of solution to the problem of illicit drugs.

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100 million in 1492, the Indians were no more than 4,5 million one century and half later. Currently there are 44 million Indians populating Latin America.

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