Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Historic peace talks on Colombia

‘This has been a historic week in the peace negotiations in Colombia. Never before in any peace process have the victims been invited to participate at the negotiating table,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.   

The parties to the peace process in Colombia can look back on a historic week of critical importance. The Colombian Government and FARC-EP (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo) have met the first delegation of victims at the negotiating table in Havana. The parties have appointed a commission to report on the causes and consequences of the conflict, and have also established a sub-commission, involving the participation of Colombia’s armed forces, to propose a framework for a final ceasefire and demobilisation.

The Colombian Government began formal negotiations with the country’s largest rebel group, FARC-EP, in Oslo in October 2012. The negotiations have since taken place in Havana. Talks are also being held with the smaller rebel group, ELN (Ejército de Liberación Nacional). ELN was formed in 1964, as was FARC-EP, and is the second largest armed rebel group in Colombia. Norway is acting as facilitator in the peace process with FARC-EP and in the discussions with the ELN. 

‘Norway will continue to assist the parties in finding a peaceful solution to the armed conflict in Colombia, and will build on the important work done so far by Norwegian diplomats. Peace is crucial for promoting economic, social and political development in the country,’ Mr Brende said. 

The armed conflict in Colombia has lasted for over 50 years. The humanitarian consequences are enormous and the conflict has brought widespread suffering to the country’s population. Several hundred thousand people have been killed, and more than five million have been internally displaced.

 

Related news

Latest news

Industry's preferred pipeline standard gets update by DNV GL

A number of requirements related to linepipe fabrication,

Servogear Hybrid CPP for the World’s First Hybrid Catamarans in Commercial Traffic

Norled AS is one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat operators. 

CMR is helping companies in Hordaland with research-based innovation

CMR has won a contract with Hordaland county council as competence broker. The contract is part of the Research-based Regional Innovation (FORREGION) scheme.

ISO to release final draft of ISO 45001 – Occupational Health & Safety

The ISO 45001 Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) is scheduled to be released for review on November 30. In case of a positive vote the standard is expected to be published in February 2018.

DNV GL helps reduce cost of compliance with innovative approach to independent verification of oil and gas assets

Verification surveys applying remote witnessing involve equipping a technician onsite with hardware (a camera or smartphone) and dedicated software which enable remote...

Renewables exports are increasing, but more rapid growth is required

Reorientation among oil and gas suppliers boosted international sales of renewable energy equipment and services by Norwegian companies, writes Ivar Slengesol, Director of Industry and Clean Technologies at Export Credit N...

The world’s most modern wellboat

The wellboat Ronia Diamond was characterised as the “most modern wellboat the world has seen” during her christening in Bergen on 23 September.

Joint industry collaboration to boost offshore and marine sector with Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), Drone and Digital Twin technologies

DNV GL, A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) ...

DNV GL line optimization brings ten per cent fuel savings for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new expedition cruise vessels

“The design concept for the two new ships was ‘inspired by nature’,” says Dr. Henning Brauer,