Colombian High Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo resigned on Thursday to seek a place in the Congress of the Republic.
Announcing Restrepo’s resignation, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe hailed his contribution and loyalty to the Armed Forces.
Restrepo, who took office in 2002,
worked on the demobilization of the paramilitary group United Self
Defense of Colombia (AUC) and the approach with the guerillas, like the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National
Liberation Army (ELN).
During his work, “50,170 armed
people were demobilized. The task was done with total independence,
justice and transparency,” Uribe said.
Uribe wished a good luck to Restrepo for his aim to come to the Congress of the Republic.
However, Restrepo has been criticized by people who considered his efforts were not enough to fulfill the peace.
Restrepo has announced his decision for days, but on Thursday he officially resigned from the post of peace commissioner. (Xinhua)