Results achieved in the talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People´s Army (FARC-EP) are encouraging, said the government chief negotiator, Humberto de la Calle. “With all responsibility and without conveying false expectations I can tell that results in regard to agreements on the table are important and encouraging,” he stated in a press conference at the end of the last round of talks in the present year.
Regarding year 2014, the government chief negotiator said that they will start with renewed enthusiasm, and they hope to forge agreements on the item of solution to the illicit drug problem, which was currently under discussion, and then go ahead with the remaining three: the end of the conflict, the victims and the endorsement of agreements.
Meanwhile, also at the end of the talks, the FARC-EP defended the holding of a Constituent Assembly in Colombia, as a way to achieve structural reforms.
“We don’t want cosmetic changes, but rather structural reforms that the people should endorse by fully assuming their creative power and sovereign condition, for which there is no other alternative than holding a Constituent Assembly, ” said the guerrilla.
The administration of President Juan Manuel Santos does not support this stand but rather the use of the referendum as a tool to validate an eventual final agreement with the guerrilla.
FARC-EP’s chief negotiator Ivan Marquez also criticized the struggle against drug trafficking developed by the government, a war that in fact is waged against rural communities to strip them of the land, opening the doors to the multinationals.
In a joint communiqué, the parties announced that they will resume the talks on January 13, 2014.