Santos Awaits Fast Approval for Peace Legislations

FOTO: Poppe, Cornelius / NTB scanpix
FOTO: Poppe, Cornelius / NTB scanpix

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his confidence that the Constitutional Court approves the use of the fast track, or mechanism in the Congress to apply and use of the peace legislations.

‘I hope that the next Monday the court gives its approval to the fast track procedure, to implement the agreement with the rebels of the FARC-EP as soon as possible,’ commented Santos in a press round in this capital Friday.

Santos arrived in Oslo, Norway Friday, to receive the Peace Nobel Prize of 2016, accompanied by a group of victims of the conflict in Colombia and other personalities that supported the dialogues with the FARC-EP, in a ceremony that will be held on Saturday.

At the start of his speech, President Santos reasserted that the pact with the FARC-EP was approved for the majority of the Colombian Parliament.

The FARC-EP members, Santos added, will be starting to move right to the zones of Colombia where the disarming process will begin.

After he knew he was the winner of the Peace Nobel Prize, President Santos dedicated the award to all those directly affected people by the war, which has left 300,000 dead, almost 7 million displaced and at least, 45,000 disappeared people in Colombia.

He promised to donate the 8 million Swedish crowns of the Nobel Prize (975,000 dollars) for the repair of the damages caused to victims of war and relatives.

Previous to the ceremony at the Oslo City Hall, where the delivery of the Nobel prize will be held, Santos will be receieved by King Harald V and Queen Sophia of Norway, at the Royal Palace.

Later, he will visit Sweden, Belgium, Spain and Italy.

In Italy, Santos will meet Pope Francis, someone who has encouraged Colombians to keep going for the search of peace and national reconciliation.

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