“We cannot accept negotiations with the [ongoing] recruitment of 12-year-old children,” she told Colombia Reports.
It takes a woman, it seems, to stick up for the rights of children.
Ramirez said one of her conditions for a new or reformed series of peace talks with the FARC is an immediate end to child recruitment.
YES! I believe any FARC-government negotiations must include immediately returning child soldiers to their families.
“President Santos has spoken much about peace, but he has not mentioned what is necessary for peace. He has spoken of peace, but he has abandoned justice and there cannot be peace without justice. He has spoken of peace, but he has abandoned rural Colombia and there cannot be peace if the rural Colombian is dying in misery,” Ramirez told Colombia Reports.
Ramirez was a minister of international commerce under President Pastrana, and a minister of defense under President Uribe. She studied law at the Javeriana University.