Turkey marks 5th anniversary of Columbia's 'historic' peace agreement

Agreement signed between government, FARC rebel group on Nov. 24, 2016 put an end to more than 5 decades of conflict

2021-11-26 00:05:48

ANKARA 

Turkey on Thursday marked the 5th anniversary of the "historic" peace agreement signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group on Nov. 24, 2016, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict. 

"Having strongly supported the peace process that emanated from this historic agreement, Turkey attaches utmost importance to the continuation of the environment of peace and stability in Colombia, a leading partner for Turkey in the region and remain committed to continue to provide all possible assistance to this peace process," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that Colombia has a "moral obligation" to advance the peace agreement.

The 2016 peace deal brought a cease-fire after more than five decades of armed conflict between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government.

Under the deal reached in Cuba, rebel leaders and government negotiators agreed on the creation of a new political party, which was renamed the Common People's Party or the Comunes for short, and a political future for the left-wing group.