I write on my way back from Romania, where I was on official visit to meet President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, the Foreign and Defence Ministers, Lazăr Comănescu and Mihnea Motoc, and the relevant parliamentary committees. It was also an opportunity to talk at the Bucharest Forum organised by the Aspen Institute and the German Marshall Fund (here is the video of my speech).
I was there when I was reached by the amazing news of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos. It’s a tribute to the perseverance, courage and vision of a true man of peace. But it is also a tribute to all Colombian people, who have faced for 52 year a dramatic conflict. They now want to turn the page, for ever.
There is room to push forward the peace process – as the ceasefire’s confirmation demonstrates – and to strengthen the deal, through the unity of all Colombia’s citizens and of all the forces representing them.
The European Union has always supported the negotiations, and will continue to do so. Whatever the obstacles on the way, peace is always possible for those who dream of it, and who work to build it. Here is the statement I issued today.