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Peace Summit 2014 to take place this Saturday on the Ecuador-Colombia border
an article by Andes, Agencia Pública de Noticias del Ecuador y Suramérica

An intercultural meeting for peace will take place this Saturday [Aug. 16] on the slopes of the Chiles volcano 0n the Andean border between Ecuador and Colombia, where indigenous people from the Pasto culture as well as local townspeople will gather to promote integration processes, security and development of the border towns.

The Pasto sun is the icon that links communities descended from the Andean culture on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. Photo: Edison Guerrón / Andes

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"The Border Network, intends the event to inspire local authorities to be ambassadors of peace, to be involved from their spaces of participation and power, in order to contribute to the construction of citizenship that more just, more equitable, where there is more development, and production, here on the border," according to Sandra Chalapud Escobar, president of the Border Network for Peace in Carchi.

These summits have been held annually now for four years to promote a culture of peace in the binational border and to reaffirm the bonds of brotherhood among peoples. This year emphasizes the rights of women and persons in need of international protection.

Host communities are La Esperanza, Tufiño parish in Ecuador, and Chiles, in the municipality of Cumbal, the Colombian department of Nariño, the villages along the border.

The meeting is expected to attract than 2,000 people attending an open house, reading a manifesto for peace at the border, appointing new ambassadors of peace, as well as interventions by artists from both countries and a ritual of harmonization for the volcano Chiles.

Silvia Salgado, vice president of the Andean Parliament, told Andes that several processes for peace are being developed along the border area by indigenous communities, in parallel to the talks in Havana between the Colombian government and delegates from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

"They are talking about peace, there is a negotiation with the FARC, there is a negotiation with the National Liberation Army (ELN), but our view is that it is not the table where the ideas of society are integrated, of those affected, "Salgado said.

"We are constantly in meetings for peace, and that means involving, for example, women, youth, artists, workers, indigenous people," she added.

Salgado recalled that the border is also inhabited by the Awá indigenous peoples in the area of Imbabura, Carchi and Esmeraldas (Ecuador Coast and Sierra) and the Tumaco (Colombia coast) and the Cofan in Putumayo (Eastern Colombia).

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This report was posted on August 15, 2014.