In Mexico and Colombia, with some good news

In Mexico and Colombia, with some good news

I am on my way back from Bogota, where I conveyed all the European Union’s support – both political and financial – to the ongoing peace process in Colombia. One of the world’s longest-lasting conflicts could come to an end in the coming weeks, as the talks with Farc in Havana get to their final stage.

Colombia ninosIn Colombia I had the opportunity to meet a group of children who have been victims of the guerrilla and of criminal gangs. This kind of meetings truly reveals the meaning of our work. Our support to a big number of projects actually improves a lot of people’s lives – starting with the de-mining of the world’s most mined land after Afghanistan. And beyond that, we work with politicians and diplomats to put an end to the conflict.

This is what I discussed yesterday with President Juan Manuel Santos, Foregin Minister María Ángela Holguín, and Post-Conflict Minister Rafael Pardo. We are already working on projects for reconciliation and the country’s renaissance. Here is my press conference at the end of the visit.

Before Colombia, my sixth visit to Latin America as the Union’s High Representative had led me to Mexico. There I met with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu, and I could announce the beginning of negotiations towards a new EU-Mexico bilateral agreement. With Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong we kicked off the EU-Mexico dialogue on security and justice.

In Mexico City I also met with a good number of civil society organisations, which are particularly engaged with the protection of human rights. And I brought Europe’s voice at the assembly of Eclac, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean: here is the video of my speech (mostly in Spanish).