Summary: 22 October 2012, Brussels - The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
"The European Union has consistently affirmed its full support to the Colombian Government in its search for a negotiated solution to Colombia's internal armed conflict. High Representative Catherine Ashton therefore warmly welcomes the launch, last week in Oslo, of talks aimed at ending this decades-old confrontation which has stymied the development of the country and inflicted unspeakable suffering on the Colombian people.
The FARC must seize this moment to take responsibility and prove its sincerity by ceasing its attacks and violations of international humanitarian law.
The High Representative appreciated the visit of Colombian High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo today to Brussels. Mr Jaramillo has provided a first hand analysis of the Oslo talks to Deputy Secretary General Helga Schmid. She assured him that the EU stands ready to assist the Colombian Government, state institutions, civil society and international organisations in providing support for activities that promote peace, truth, justice, reparation and reconciliation."