Eamon Gilmore appointed EU envoy to Colombian peace process

Tánaiste Joan Burton welcomes ‘prestigious position for Ireland’

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said he was honoured to accept the position. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said he was honoured to accept the position. Photograph: Frank Miller

 

Former tánaiste and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore has been appointed as the European Union envoy to the peace process in Colombia.

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, announced the appointment, which Mr Gilmore said he was honoured to accept.

The Colombian government and the country’s largest left-wing rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), last week took a significant step towards ending more than five decades of armed conflict. At talks in Havana, both sides announced plans to end hostilities by early next year.

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Tánaiste Joan Burton welcomed the appointment. “I’m very pleased for Eamon: it is an excellent appointment and a prestigious position for Ireland,” she said.