Washington, September 22 (EFE).- Colombian Vice President Francia Márquez expressed her desire on Friday for the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office to investigate whether the recent car bomb explosion in the Cauca department (southwest) and other attacks in the area undermine the peace process.
“Perhaps this has something to do with sabotaging peace. In Colombia, efforts to achieve peace have always been sabotaged. I don’t want to believe it, but I would like the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate these incidents that are occurring and endangering the prospects of a complete peace progress,” she said.
Márquez made these remarks to the press in Washington after participating in an extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States.
She emphasized that peace “benefits everyone”: “This is not a dispute between Petro or Francia. All Colombians deserve to live without fear.”
Also on Friday, at least five people were injured in a rural Valle del Cauca department area after a car bomb exploded near a police station in Jamundí.
“The path to peace is through dialogue, and this government has been entirely willing to find a definitive solution to the armed conflict through dialogue. Colombia has everything for everyone. We can all live with dignity and in peace, but war doesn’t leave our people in peace,” she added.
During her address to the Permanent Council, she urged OAS members to continue supporting the Colombian government’s efforts toward “total peace.”
She highlighted that achieving peace “is not just about silencing the guns,” although that is crucial.
“Peace involves social investment; it involves addressing structural issues of inequality and inequity,” said Márquez, the first Afro-descendant woman to hold the vice presidency of Colombia. EFE