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Sept. 2, 2019
Washington DC, USA
In June 2015, the leaders of Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC held a joint press conference with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living. During this event, FARC openly declared that they will adopt the Gandhian principles of non-violence for achieving social justice.
Recently, FARC has issued a new call to arms and expressed its intention to revert back to means of violence, almost three years after the rebel group signed a peace deal to disarm.
In the spirit of the conversations had with FARC and the Colombian Government, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has once again appealed to FARC commander Iván Márquez and President of Colombia Iván Duque to give peace another chance.
Sri Sri has called for both parties to resolve the differences through peaceful dialogue.
“Painstaking efforts have gone into bringing peace between both the parties. It is sad to see that peace is falling apart over issues that can be sorted out through dialogue,” said Sri Sri.
Given that peace has prevailed for the past three years, Colombia has made significant economic progress and improved the security of its citizens. Unfortunately, the country seems to be regressing back to the darker days.
Sri Sri has appealed to both the parties to restrain from violence and has reiterated his commitment towards a lasting peace in Colombia.
“I offer myself again to play any role in facilitating and bridging the gap which is widening by the day,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
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