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3 March 2014
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-013542/2013

The HR/VP fully shares the Honourable Member's views on the important role civil society, and especially women, can play in peace processes, in particular in Colombia.

Regarding the Havana talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC, while it is true that civil society representatives do not participate directly in discussions, the views of civil society are, nonetheless, being fed regularly into the process via a substantial consultation mechanism, managed by the United Nations Office in Colombia and the national University of Colombia, which has been attracting numerous contributions from organisations and individuals alike.

The EU also believes that civil society organisations, and in particular women's organisations, will have a crucial role to play in ensuring the success of the implementation of the peace process if a deal is agreed between the parties. In this respect, the EU will pay close attention to both keep a continuous dialogue with the civil society and to support the civil society organisations, and in particular women's organisations, building upon the already substantial financial aid provided by the EU to help in promoting a culture of peace in Colombia.

OJ C 273, 20/08/2014
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