President Donald Ramotar told South American leaders gathered in Peru that an atmosphere of peace is a prerequisite to the development of nations, and hailed the peace process which Colombia has prescribed to solve long drawn out conflicts. The occasion was the VI Council of the Heads of State and Government of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) which commenced yesterday in Lima, Peru, among the participating nations of Venezuela, Suriname, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay Argentina and Guyana.
Colombia has experienced three formal peace attempts in the last three decades, highlighted by negotiations between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerillas that seek to end historic armed conflicts.
“I don’t think our continent can really realise its full potential unless we do it in an atmosphere of peace and an atmosphere of democracy,” President Ramotar said before offering
the Guyana Government’s willingness to help in whatever way possible in the promotion of peace on the South American continent.(GINA)