Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, praised the agreement that the parties came to last year, and highlighted that this agreement is an "inclusive" and "complete" document.
Accompanied on the panel by the former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the current Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohamad Yavad Zarif, Brende advocated for more peace processes such as the one in Colombia.
“Peace agreements have to be well applied. The implementation of Peace is crucial. When we are planning peace, it has to be very inclusive” said Brende. “I think the strength of the Colombian Peace Agreement is that it is very complete. It articulates civil society and women, and puts them in front of the process. In the modern world we need more inclusive processes” he concluded.
Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was also present at the event.
The event is taking place in a property near the center of the Norwegian capital, under strong security; the Oslo Forum is a meeting organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on resolution of conflicts, to which the FARC-EP leader, Timoleón Jiménez, was invited to participate. The Government of Norway was also one of the guarantor countries of the Colombian peace process.
The Colombian delegation in Oslo, made up of members of the Central High Command of the FARC-EP such as Timoleón Jiménez, Ricardo Téllez, Pastor Alape, and Victoria Sandino, arrived at dawn on Tuesday from Colombia. The group was greeted by Brende upon arrival in the early morning.
On the 14th, the Colombian Foreign Minister, María Ángela Holguín and Timoleón Jiménez will participate with the Norwegian minister in the panel "Colombia: Putting Peace Into Practice", where they will discuss what has happened during the past six months of implementation of the peace agreement and what will be the future challenges to overcome.