US Backs Colombian Government To Harmonize New Law On Peace Tribunal - State Department

US Backs Colombian Government to Harmonize New Law on Peace Tribunal - State Department

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th March, 2019) The Trump administration supports making sure that a new war crimes tribunal in Colombia operates within the terms of the 2016 peace agreement that ended many years of civil strife, US Department of State deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a statement.

"The United States welcomes the Colombian government's efforts to ensure the law implementing the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) complies with the 2016 Peace Accord and the Colombian Constitution," Palladino said on Friday.

The United States also welcomes actions that ensure that those who commit serious crimes after the signing of the Peace Accord, in violation of the accord's stated aims to promote non-recurrence are held accountable to the full extent of the law, Palladino emphasized.

"The United States reaffirms the importance of Colombia's expeditiously passing a statute to implement the JEP to ensure it has a solid legal framework to operate effectively and independently," Palladino said.

The US government welcomed efforts to strengthen accountability for war crimes and human rights abuses and to ensure that those responsible received sentences proportionate to their crimes, whether by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) or state agents, Palladino added.

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