Solberg: Colombia is an inspiration for others

Prime Minister Erna SolbergOslo.Prime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo : Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Prime Minister Erna Solberg believes Colombia could be the example and inspiration for other countries in the way the parties ended to negotiate peace.

On the way to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo City Hall recalled Solberg when she visited Colombia and the border region of Venezuela in 2005, where she met many people who had fled the violence.

– This has been a crisis and a conflict that has had an incredible number of victims, said Solberg.
She says Norway has been committed to being a strong partner for Colombia, and said that she has met Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos repeatedly.

Now that the peace agreement is in place, it is important that the plan is followed up with proper implementation. There, Norway still have a role, she said.

– It’s a good peace agreement that includes women and communities.

It is important to follow up but Colombia is a financially strong country that can carry the changes themselves, without set high on a suggested list, said Solberg.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today