Washington Seminar Explores Peace Process

The seminar ABuilding Peace in the Midst of War: Civil Society Initiatives in Colombia,@ was held at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., on May 3, 2000. Organized by the Washingon Office on Latin America and the Andean Seminar of George Washington University, the event featured three Colombian speakers all actively engaged in peacemaking from different angles. Ana Teresa Bernal is currently the national coordinator of Redepaz, a network of grassroots peace initiatives that has been active in the No Mas! anti-violence movement. She is also the civil society representative to the negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). She discussed ABringing Civil Society into the Negotiations.@ Monsignor Hector Fabio Henao is the director of Social Ministries for the Catholic Church. He presented AIntegrating Local, Regional, and National Efforts for Peace.@ Ubencel Duque is the Regional Coordinator for the Middle Magdalena Program for Peace, a project financed by the World Bank to foster social consensus through participatory development in one of the most conflictive regions in the country. He addressed AThe Complexities of Overcoming Local Violence: Lessons from the Middle Magdalena.@ For copies of the full seminar report, please contact WOLA at 1630 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009; 202-797-2171; www.wola.org.


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