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President Ch?vez reaffirms his willingness to contribute to peace in Colombia

On Tuesday, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, affirmed his willingness to contribute to peace in Colombia during a joint press conference with Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

Chávez also stated that his administration “does not support nor will ever support a violent movement neither in Colombia nor in any other part of the world,” when asked about guerillas in Colombia.

The President said “we hope that there will be peace someday in Colombia,” and quoted Uribe, who minutes earlier had expressed the possibility of his government beginning dialogue with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) if they cease their activities for fourth months.

President Chávez emphasized that there are ideas and proposals that will “allow a path towards peace” in Colombia.

“It is important for us to take note of what Uribe said: that the FARC, the groups and government friendly with Colombia, carefully watch this and amplify this signal,” the President stressed while also urging for “seriousness” in dealing with the issue.

He added that “Venezuela is ready, despite any mishaps, to help in this effort that we think is necessary in the search for peace.”

Chávez explained that the world is in a stage of changes in geopolitics and the international dynamic, which “must oblige us to review concepts and foundations and find the path towards peace.”

During their day of meetings, the Presidents signed three letters of intention, a memorandum, and an accord for import licensing, with the goal of strengthening trade between the two countries.

The five agreements were signed in Ayacucho Hall of Miraflores in Caracas, in front of a large group of Ministers and representatives from both governments.

Agencia Bolivairana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 15, 2009

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