The commander of the National Army expressed his gratitude to the NATO staff for the training provided to the personnel of the Military and Police Forces.
With a large participation of personnel of the Military Forces and the National Police, the course on Building integrity for peace operations Colombia 2017 was closed during a formal ceremony presided over by General Alberto José Mejía Ferrero, commander of the National Army, and Major General Carlos Ramiro Mena Bravo, inspector general of the National Police.
The objective of the course was to promote the projection of the Colombian National Army as a Force capable of exporting experience in the construction of peace in Colombia to other countries, supported by international operations such as the Sinai Peninsula, and aiming at Afghanistan as the next mission of the Colombian Peace Multimission Army.
The Spanish ambassador to Colombia, Pablo Gómez de Olea, who participated in the inauguration of the course, highlighted the enormous potential of Colombia as a Nation that has worked for many years in building a stable and lasting peace. He stressed that, since the beginning, Spain has been one of the greatest defenders of the ties between Colombia and NATO, sponsoring the participation of Colombia in operations of the Atlantic Alliance.
Gómez de Olea also expressed that Spain is confident that Colombia will become a formal partner of NATO, since Colombia is considered a very important factor in international security due to its capacity to participate in different international missions and peacekeeping operations.
Besides military personnel assigned to the Armed Forces of the United States of America, Spain and Ukraine, Dr. Benedit Boreld, representative of NATO's Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, was one of the assistants. He stressed the interest of the participants to improve their knowledge on the area, as well as the importance of strengthening the processes that go hand in hand with the military context before possible projections for the development of international peace missions.
Finally, the Army commander concluded his intervention by noting that the completion of these courses are part of the international projections of the Institution, which seeks to put at the service of the world community the capabilities acquired by the Colombian Military Forces during the broad an irregular period of war, but based on institutional legitimacy and supported by important international organizations such as NATO.