Sveriges riksdag arrangerade den 12 december ett seminarium med Colombias president Juan Manuel Santos som tilldelats Nobels fredspris 2016. Temat för seminariet var fredsprocessen i Colombia och vilka lärdomar som går att dra av den.
Den norska Nobelkommittén tilldelade Nobels fredspris 2016 till Colombias president, Juan Manuel Santos, ”för hans beslutsamma ansträngningar för att få ett slut på landets mer än 50 år långa inbördeskrig”.
Seminariet inleddes med ett anförande av talman Urban Ahlin. Huvudanförandet hölls av fredspristagaren president Juan Manuel Santos och sedan följde ett panelsamtal med president Santos, Kenneth G Forslund (S), ordförande i utrikesutskottet och Karin Enström (M), vice ordförande i utrikesutskottet. Samtalet modererades av talmannen.
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Mr President and Honourable Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Members of Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to welcome this year's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the President of Colombia, Mr Juan Manuel Santos.
Mr Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 for, to quote the words of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, "his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end".
According to the Nobel Committee, the prize should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who are still able to hope for peace. The Committee also considers the Peace Prize to be a tribute to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process and to the victims of the conflict.
I know that you have been working tirelessly to achieve the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerilla. I am happy to have this opportunity to meet you again and to hear you speak about your efforts for peace.
Last spring, I travelled to Colombia with a delegation from the Riksdag to make an official visit. Among all my impressions from the journey, one of the greatest was my meeting with you. During our conversation, I was struck by your determination to bring about an agreement and all your hard work to get there.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I would also like to welcome the panellists to our seminar. The President's keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion with Kenneth G Forslund (Social Democratic Party), Chair of the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs and Karin Enström (Moderate Party), Deputy Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The objective of the panel discussion and the seminar is to discuss the Colombian peace process. Can Colombia's experiences also be applied to other conflicts? What lessons can we learn from the Colombian way to peace?
The way to peace is difficult and rarely does it lead straight forward. Few know this better than Colombians themselves. During more than 50 years of internal armed conflict, more than 220,000 people have died and millions of people have been forced to flee from their homes. The human suffering has continued over decades and generations.
There is much strength in being able to turn this long-standing conflict into a development where the focus is on peace, reconciliation and the future. I believe that the world has a great deal to learn from the Colombian peace process.
In Sweden there is a feeling of great commitment for your work for peace and we have long supported the peace process in various ways. We are of course following developments with great interest and we remain committed to continued support.
You and the peace process have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but the hope for long-standing and sustainable peace for the Colombian people is a prize to everyone who is dreaming of peace.
With these words I would like to welcome our guest of honour, the Nobel Laureate Mr Juan Manuel Santos, to the rostrum.