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German Commission on Economic Cooperation and Development Visits Colombia
June 26th, 2014
News from Berlin – From June 11th until June 15th, the German Parliamentary Commission on Economic Cooperation and Development was on a visit to Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and the department of North Santander.
The commission was established to promote peace, human rights and respect for the environment. To fulfil its mission, it organizes regular trips to sensible areas of the world where it meets with key actors from the public and private sector, as well as from the civil society.
The delegation in Colombia was helmed by the deputy Stefan Rebmann, and included the deputies Heike Hänsel, Charles M. Huber, Georg Kippels, Manfred Zöllner and Peter Meiwald. The commission met with a number of public officials to discuss elements of the bilateral agenda. In addition, it gathered testimonials from victims of the FARC conflict and jailed members of the guerrilla. A central event of the trip consisted in the opening of a “Regional Office for the German Cooperation” in the town of Cúcuta.
During the inaugural ceremony, German Ambassador Guenter Kniess stressed the importance of the new office in serving as a rallying point for all actors involved in German cooperation.
The delegation subsequently travelled to Mexico to discuss about energy cooperation and human rights.
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