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The search for victory, which is peace, is the motivation that should unite all the Colombian people: President Santos

During the commemoration of the 196th anniversary of the Battle of Boyacá and the National Army Day, the Head of State questioned what motivation could there be for some sectors to make false accusations against soldiers and police officers.

Bogotá, August 7, 2015 (SIG).

The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, stated this Friday that the search for victory, which is achieving peace, is the motivation that should unite all the Colombian people.

The Head of State voiced that statement during the commemoration of the 196th anniversary of the Battle of Boyacá and the National Army Day, in a ceremony held at the José María Córdova Military School.

"At this moment, the search for victory, which is peace, is the motivation that should unite all the Colombian people. That is the decision that compels us to persevere”, the President said.

Likewise, in reference to versions that have emerged after the recent accidents involving law enforcement aircrafts, the Head of State questioned what motivation could there be for some sectors to make false accusations against soldiers and police officers.

"When we were observing this minute of silence for those heroes who died in the accident of the Air Force CASA plane and in the accident of the Police Black Hawk helicopter, I thought: What motivation can someone have (…) to make false accusations?”, the Head of State asked.

"One does not understand that in seeking to stop this victory, in preventing the arrival of peace, some people go to the extreme of attacking our law enforcement authorities with accusations that are from reality”, he insisted.

Regarding the quest to end the Colombian conflict, the President of the Republic considered that it should end through the path of negotiations.

"We are no longer fighting, as Bolívar fought, in regular wars, in formations like the ones we are seeing today at this School. It is an irregular, asymmetrical war that has to end at a negotiation table”, he stated.

However, President Santos stated that the law enforcement authorities will guarantee the security of the Colombian people.

"We are going to persevere and continue protecting the security of the Colombian people at all times, always protecting our democratic institutions, and protecting the freedom and the principles and values that have governed us”, he said.

Finally, the President thanked the National Army for the job it performs in favor of the security of the Colombian people.

"To all the soldiers, to all officers and non-commissioned officers of our glorious Army in their Day, on behalf of all Colombia, of the 48 million Colombian citizens, once again, we say thank you. Thank you for your work, many thanks for your heroism, and many thanks for what you have given to Colombia”, President Juan Manuel Santos concluded.