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Colombia Applauds U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Funding Peace Colombia in FY18 Spending Bill

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September 8, 2017

Washington, DC — Colombian Ambassador to the United States Camilo Reyes today praised members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs for including $391 million for the Peace Colombia initiative in the FY18 spending bill. This is the same level of funding enacted in FY17 and $140 million above the budget request for this next fiscal year.

“We applaud members of the Senate Subcommittee for approving critical funding for the Peace Colombia initiative. Colombia has worked so hard to achieve peace, and we cannot lose ground now.

“Continued bipartisan U.S. support will help us remain firmly on the path to sustained and lasting peace. We can redouble our efforts to fight narcotics, and we can bring greater prosperity to our cities and countryside – making us an even stronger partner for the United States.

“We are grateful for the Subcommittee’s vote of confidence in Peace Colombia today. We look forward to working with the entire Congress and President Trump to deepen the friendship that has benefited both our nations.”

As with Plan Colombia, Colombian taxpayers will fund more than 90 percent of the initiative – but the U.S. role will be critical. Just as Plan Colombia paved the way to end a decades-long conflict from a point of strength, Peace Colombia will help make peace sustainable.