Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (34)

Finian McGrath

Question:

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.