Claudia López and Gustavo Petro will convene a meeting of the Pact and the Green Alliance in the coming days
In the conciliatory atmosphere that reigned in the meeting on February 9 between the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, and the mayoress of Bogotá, Claudia López, in which both leaders agreed to hold a debate around the First Line of the Bogotá Metro more measured, in more propitious scenarios for this purpose and complying with both technical and legal recommendations to be made from now on, the door was also opened for a political meeting between the Greens and the Historical Pact to iron out the rough edges that they have had in the last months.
Video: Gustavo Petro and Claudia López made peace and will accept the technical recommendations around the Bogotá Metro
The basis of the so-called Orinoquía Pact, for the Bogotá Metro, will be to establish technical and legal tables to evaluate the future of this infrastructure work
Alluding to how around the Bogotá metro there have been differences in form, but also a political background to certain tensions between sectors of the Green Alliance and the Historical Pact, the mayoress recalled that both parties are part of the same government of change, which is why which requested that a meeting be held between the two communities.
“I feel, President, that sometimes it seems that both the Green and the Pact sectors have not understood that the elections have already passed, that we have already won, that we are part of the same government of change, of the same broad front, and that from now on they will to be measured, not by our controversies, but by our effectiveness and results in favor of the people of Bogotá and Colombians of our governments”, said Mayor López.
For this reason, the mayoress asked the president (who “generously” accepted) to convene both political teams and propose to them the same thing that is being done around the subway, “and that is that we manage our coincidences or differences, that they are legitimate, in a kinder, more fraternal way, hopefully between us and without entering into eternal public controversies”, the district president specified.
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“We have to understand that here neither the Green is going to grow at the expense of competing against the Historical Pact, nor is the Historical Pact going to grow at the expense of competing with or destroying one of its allies, which is the Green. We are part of the same team, project, long-term vision of the city and the country, and therefore we must maintain that tone and good communication. The president has told me yes, so we will look for that meeting soon, “added the district president.
Finally, the mayor of Bogota thanked the president for his understanding and patience, understanding that the mayor’s legal concerns regarding the metro are legitimate, serious, and that they do not respond to a whim on the part of the district administration.
Separate point, with the name of the Pact of San José del Guaviare, to advance in the construction of the subway in the Colombian capital, the president ratified the support to the feasibility studies for the construction and undergroundization of mass transportation systems, metro type, in cities like Cali and Medellín, respectively.
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“We have reached the Pact of the Orinoquía, the Pact of San José del Guaviare, between the mayoress and the President around the subject of the metro. I would like it to be called the Pact of San José del Guaviare. This implies some legal and technical depths that I want the State as a whole to respect, because it is about delivering the best possible meter with the resources we have to the Bogota society that has waited almost a century”, stated President Petro.
Faced with this news, of redirecting the discussion of the metro in a joint and articulated manner between the Presidency and the Mayor’s Office, the representative of the Green Alliance, Katherine Miranda, celebrated the decision: “Above the differences, Bogotá”, trilled the parliamentarian .