Colombia: Commissioner Patten supports UN good offices

Chris PATTEN, Commissioner for External Relations met the UN Secretary General Special Adviser on Colombia, Mr. James LEMOYNE this morning. They exchanged views on the situation and on the respective roles of the EU and the UN in this country. Said Commissioner PATTEN: 'I fully support the UN good offices in Colombia, and consider as very important that the international community be united behind the UN to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict. We will continue to work closely with UN agencies on the ground, in particular to improve the appalling human rights and humanitarian situation.'
Commissioner PATTEN will visit Colombia in May in order to express the support of the EU to the Colombian government's efforts to improve the rule of law and seek a peaceful settlement of the conflict. He will meet Colombian officials, representatives of the civil society and EC assistance implementing partners.