Colombia: Terrorism

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with international partners on the recent incidents of terrorism in Colombia.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The UK swiftly condemned last month's car bomb attack in Bogotá and offered condolences to the families of the victims, including through a UK-drafted statement by the Security Council. In the week following the attack, the UK used its position as pen-holder at the UN on the Colombian peace process to draft another Security Council statement reiterating our condemnation of terrorist violence and reiterating the Security Council's full support for implementation of the FARC Peace Agreement. Karen Pierce, the UK's Permanent Representative to the UN, met Colombian Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo to pledge our continued support for the FARC Peace Agreement and to discuss the way forward regarding the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the wake of the 17 January attack.

I have met Mr Holmes Trujillo twice over the past two weeks: first in New York on 26 January at the UN Security Council, then in Ottawa on 4 February for a Lima Group meeting. On both occasions, I took the opportunity to offer our unwavering support to the Colombian authorities as they seek to ensure sustainable peace in Colombia.

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