• Kyodo


Japan will provide Colombia ¥1 billion ($9 million) in grant aid to help remove land mines left by the country’s decades-long civil war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a summit Saturday in Peru.

During the summit, held on the sidelines of regional gatherings in Lima, the capital, Abe expressed Japan’s wish to continue its support of the peace process and the rebuilding of Colombia’s infrastructure.

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reached a new peace accord this month after an earlier deal narrowly failed to pass a nationwide referendum.

Abe congratulated Santos on receiving this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the civil war.

According to Japanese officials, Santos called Tokyo’s offer of mine clearance assistance “highly effective” and stressed the importance of forthcoming deliberations on the new peace deal in the Colombian parliament.

The leaders also agreed they will continue to aim for the swift conclusion of negotiations toward a Japan-Colombia economic partnership agreement.

Elsewhere, EPA talks that formally began in December 2012 have stalled, with Japan asking Colombia to eliminate its tariffs on automobile imports and Colombia requesting that Japan open its markets to agricultural products including beef, pork and sugar.

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