· He attended the signing of the agreements between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP, at which Ban Ki-Moon and Raúl Castro were honorary witnesses.
· He congratulated both parties on their commitment and determined work for peace.
· He stated that, “In Latin America, there is no place for violence or intolerance”.
President Enrique Peña Nieto declared today that Mexico welcomes the peace agreements between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), signed in Havana in the presence the United Nations Secretary General and Cuban President Raúl Castro.
Accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, and Head of the President’s Office Francisco Guzmán Ortiz, President Peña Nieto attended the ceremony that puts an end to the last armed conflict in Latin America, after more than 50 years of confrontation; Cuban President Raúl Castro and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon were honorary witnesses.
During the ceremony, held in the El Laguito Protocol Hall in Havana, the Mexican President congratulated both sides on their commitment and determined work for peace.
He said that, “In Latin America, there is no place for violence or intolerance. Our people demand conditions of peace and development, in order to progress and be happy.”
He stressed that, “This is a historic achievement, especially for the Colombian people, who have chosen the path of concord, after more than 50 years of conflict.”
He also thanked President of Cuba Raúl Castro Ruz for his crucial mediation in the resolution of this long-standing conflict.
President Enrique Peña Nieto also extended thanked Norway, which, together with Cuba, was a guarantor of the peace process, as well as Chile and Venezuela, which accompanied the process.
He said that June 23, 2016 will be remembered as a historic day for Latin America. "Today, a definitive peace accord has been reached, which puts an end to a conflict that caused thousands of deaths among our Colombian brothers,” he explained.
The Mexican president hailed the FARC’s will to become a “legal, unarmed political movement” and the willingness of the Colombian government to provide “full guarantees by the state, both physical and legal”.
At the same time, President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated Mexico’s willingness to support the Colombian people during the post-conflict stage and announced that, “We will participate in the UN Political Mission in Colombia authorized by the United Nations Security Council, with 13 members, including the first female Mexican officer on a UN mission.”
He added that, “We will be part of the Global Initiative for Demining Colombia”.
The Mexican president said: “We know we have reached a long-awaited goal,” and expressed confidence that “our Colombian brothers will achieve this and they have Mexico’s support for achieving this noble purpose.”
The Mexican president was received at the venue for the ceremony by President Raul Castro at the El Laguito Protocol Hall.
Earlier, on his arrival in Havana, the Mexican president said that he came to this nation “to accompany and recognize the great effort made by the Colombian government to reach a peace agreement with the FARC-EP.”
And also, he added, “To acknowledge the important role played by the Cuban government in this process of achieving peace”.
Regarding the importance of the agreements signed by President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, and Commander Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, the President of Mexico declared that, “This is a great step towards achieving peace in a region that was unfortunately wracked by violence for over five decades.
Therefore, he said, “I think that this is a great step for Colombia. It is a great step for the peace and harmony that should prevail in Latin America.”
The ceremony was also attended by the presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; and Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina as well as Chancellor of Norway Borge Brende.
After witnessing the signing of the agreements, President Enrique Peña Nieto briefly conversed with President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and congratulated him on the successful conclusion of the negotiations with the FARC-EP, whose corollary was precisely the signing of the document today.