ROME, 16 December – “Colombia granted the world a moment of light in a ìn historic time that risks to look dark. WE warmly thank the president of Colombia” Manuel Juan Santos and his country for the agreement with the FARC, which ended decades of war, Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said today, closing an International Conference on Legality and Security in Latin America. Santos and Italian President Mattarella join the event, organised as part of the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the Italo–Latin American Institute (IILA).
Italia, amigo del progreso de Colombia. Gracias presidente Mattarella por impulso de su país a comercio, educación y planes del posconflicto pic.twitter.com/M3OIo0ZKHe
— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) December 16, 2016
The Conference gathered Ministers of Justice from many Latin American Countries and the representatives of several regional Organisations, in a dialogue with the officials of Italian institutions to jointly take stock of the situation and outline the perspectives of the fruitful Italo-Latin American cooperation in the key areas of security and combating transnational organised crime.
During the event, Ministers Orlando (Italy) and Holguin (Colombia) signed three legal cooperation agreements between the two countries.
The event issued from Italy’s five years of operational cooperation (2011-2016) with the Central American Integration System (SICA) and with SICA Member Countries in combating organised crime and in supporting the Rule of Law, traditionally the two most dynamic areas of mutual interest which have given rise to significant synergies and cooperation, especially through training programmes for magistrates and Public Security forces, jointly organised by MAECI and IILA.
Speakers included the Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Republic of Colombia and recent Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Juan Manuel Santos Calderòn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, the Foreign Ministry’s Secretary General, Elisabetta Belloni. (@annaserafini)