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One week after the holding of the 8th session of the Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Colombia in Brussels, the Defense Minister of Colombia, Juan Carlos Pinzon, visited the Belgian capital where he met with a number of European and NATO officials, including Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.
Given the absence of media opportunity as regards the meeting at NATO, one single short communiqué was made available by NATO which announced the signing of an Agreement on the Security of Information and said that Mr. Pinzon's visit "opened channel for future cooperation and consultation in areas of common interest."
Though the Agreement does not formally recognize Colombia as a NATO partner, it will facilitate the participation of Colombia in a number of NATO activities in the security field, Amb. Vershbow explained. "Colombia's expertise in enhancing integrity in the military is precisely the kind of substantive contribution that exemplifies the added value of cooperation," he said.
Mr. Pinzon also met with the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Helga Schmid who expressed EU's "full support to the Colombian Government in its search for a negotiated solution to Colombia's internal armed conflict" and welcomed "the progress made in the talks with the FARC aimed at ending the decades-old confrontation."
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