Senator Piedad Cordoba met with Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Patiño in Quito Friday, to discuss the “Colombians for Peace” organization which Cordoba heads, reports El Comercio.
The Colombian senator described the various activities carried out by the organization and how to “achieve a humanitarian agreement to the armed conflict in Colombia.”
Cordoba also talked about ways to “integrate a front of Latin American countries, to strengthen a position of peace and mutual respect in the region.”
On Wednesday Cordoba said that she is in negotiations with guerrilla organization the FARC to seek a resolution to the civil conflict that has enveloped Colombia for almost 50 years.
Cordoba said that if the FARC stop their practice of kidnapping and begin to respect international human rights, then it may be possible for them to “exit the war.” She added that the guerrilla organization has “opened the door” to “a political discussion in order to resolve the conflict.”
In response to the negotiations, Colombian defense minister Gabriel Silva said the government has little confidence in FARC statements about further hostage releases, which he sees as giving false hope to the families of the victims