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International Seminar on Peace and Reconciliation: Challenges on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border
an article by Ptgo Walter Trejo Urquiola, Catedra de la Paz, Oscar Romero

Villa del Rosario will host the International Seminar on Peace and Reconciliation, an academic space to seek a strategy to strengthen the social fabric and restore confidence in the border region. The Seminar is organized by the Center for Research and Popular Education / Program for Peace from the Binational Platform of the School for Peace and Coexistence. It will be held Nov. 7 at the Hotel Villa Antigua, on the Cúcuta-San Antonio freeway.

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In a time when Colombia is getting closer to a negotiated solution to the internal armed conflict; Moreover, in Venezuela, the country is going through a delicate cultural, social, economic and political situation. Therefore, it is necessary to establish the space to think and act for citizens on the frontier.

To realize the International Seminar, it is necessary to convene a significant group of actors, keeping in mind that the impact of Colombia's internal conflict and the continuing conflict in Venezuela are of concern to the entire region and are the responsibility of all.

In this regard, we must work to regain the understanding of the border area as an area of articulation between neighbors, as a region where it is necessary to protect the common good of present and future generations, according to Daniel Rubio of the School for Peace and Coexistence.

The installation of the International Seminar on Peace and Reconciliation will be under the responsibility of the director of the Center for Research and Popular Education, Luis Guillermo Guerrero. Speakers will include the Bishop of Cúcuta, Monsignor Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz; the priest Francisco de Roux SJ. and Dr. Carlos Beristain, of Spain, among others.

All religious, social and public organizations located on the Colombian-Venezuelan border are invited to jointly reflect and act on the problems facing the country. From the State of Mérida State, will take part the Chair of Peace and Human Rights "Mons. Oscar Arnulfo Romero "of the University of Los Andes, the political scientist Walter Trejo Urquiola, general coordinator.

For more information on the International Seminar, write to Daniel Rubio at

To read (in Spanish) the call for participants of the seminar, click here.

For a Spanish version of this article, click here)


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This report was posted on October 6, 2014.