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Mon May 27, 2019, 11:55 PM

Democrats 'disturbed' by US pressure on Colombia's war crimes tribunal


by Jack Norman May 24, 2019

Some 79 United States congressmen said in a letter Friday they were “disturbed” by reports of “US pressure” on Colombia’s war crimes tribunal and urged “unwavering American support” for the peace process.

The letter of the house representatives, addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, criticized both US and Colombian governments for undermining important elements of the 2016 peace treaty with the FARC.

Though the letter was a rhetorical event rather than a policy announcement, it showed that a significant block within Democratic Party has taken notice of the recent political deterioration in Colombia and is concerned about how that might harm US interests.

The letter cited, among other things, the unceasing wave of assassinations of social leaders, the painfully slow progress in expanding a government presence in rural areas and US support for President Ivan Duque‘s controversial efforts to weaken the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

More:
https://colombiareports.com/democrats-disturbed-by-us-pressure-on-colombias-war-crimes-tribunal/

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