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Colombia’s new ambassador to Japan, Ricardo Gutierrez, on Tuesday urged the international community to support his government’s efforts to achieve peace after 35 years of conflict with guerrillas.

During his visit to The Japan Times, Gutierrez, who assumed the post in March, said President Andres Pastrana is seriously seeking a political solution to the conflict in view that a military solution is impossible. He also remains firm about establishing an international observer committee to monitor the rebels’ activities.

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