Posted on February 22, 2017 3:58 pm
Categories: Political

Colombian Senate Approves Project to ‘Armor’ Peace Treaty with FARC (S)


The full Senate approved in its second round of debate draft legislation that includes a transitional article in the Constitution to ensure compliance during three presidencial periods of the peace agreements with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC- EP).

“That’s good news for the country,” said Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo.

The project had 55 votes in favor and 10 against in the voting, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The bill establishes that the contents of the final agreement that “correspond to fundamental rights defined in the Constitution, related rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) standards will be a reference for interpretation,  source of validity and normative development of the agreement during the three periods of Presidential elections.”

In addition, the text states that “the State authorities must comply with the final agreement, since the spirit that guides its implementation is that it be constituted as a policy that guides all actions of the State in order to consolidate a longer-lasting phase of peace-building.”

To this end, Christ assured that with the approval of this legislative act Colombia “continues advancing in the special legislative procedure, which includes the normative implementation of the agreements”. Telesur