Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (34)

Finian McGrath


34. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update on the peace talks in Colombia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18266/14]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I strongly support the Colombian peace process and hope that the negotiations underway will bring an end to a long conflict which has caused much suffering. I welcome the progress that has been made to date in the peace negotiations. Two areas on the agenda are now subject to provisional agreements: political participation and agarian reform.

Indications are that progress is being made in discussions on the third item of the agenda which relates to illicit drugs. I wish the parties to the negotiations success in reaching agreement on this and on the other items remaining on their agenda so that a final comprehensive peace agreement can be secured as soon as possible. Ireland will continue to follow closely developments on the Colombian peace process, and to support a negotiated solution to the conflict in Colombia.