European Union External Action

Statement by the HRVP Federica Mogherini on the release of three journalists held by the ELN in Colombia

Bruxelles, 28/05/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160528_01
Statements by the HR/VP

The news of the release of the journalists Salud Hernandez-Mora, Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo, that I discussed just a few days ago in Bogota, is a great relief.

I hope this positive step will be accompanied by other confidence-building gestures, that could pave the way to the opening of formal peace negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the ELN, thus paralleling the ongoing Havana negotiations between the Government and the FARC.

As reiterated during my visit to Colombia this week, the current window of opportunity to achieve a genuine peace in Colombia must not be missed. The European Union is fully committed to providing political and financial support to the implementation of the peace agreement.

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