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Message of peace highlighted in Colombia’s Independence Day parade

Message of peace highlighted in Colombia’s Independence Day parade

The message of upcoming full peace with major rebel group was highlighted during the commemoration of the 206th Independence Day of Colombia on July 20 in Bogota.

(Soundbite) Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
“The end of the conflict will be the beginning of a period of hard work to build peace in every corner of the territory, to bring government services to the areas hardest hit by the war, to sow in the hearts and minds of all a culture of tolerance and co-existence to replace the other culture, under which confrontation and exclusion have done us so much damage.”

In June, the government reached a ceasefire accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), ending over 50 years of bloodshed. A full peace deal is expected in weeks.

(Soundbite) Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
“Peace is not mine. Peace is not (only for) my government. However it will be, peace is too large to be owned. Peace is the desire and will be the reality of more than 48 million Colombians.”

Under the slogan “Peace is Victory,” around 10,000 armed forces and police attended the annual military parade.

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