Election Creates Commitment to Peace, says FARC negotiator

Posted on Jun 23 2014 - 10:00pm by Rico

COLOMBIA NEWS – The reelection of Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos means a commitment not only for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) but also for all parties involved in the peace talks to end the 50-year-old conflict, the FARC representative Jorge Torres said to Colombian newspaper El Espectador on June 21

522787feb26e2“What wins [the election] is the people’s wish for a peace with social inclusion, changes and justice, not only the particular view of president Santos,” Torres, alias “Pablo Catatumbo,” said in his first declaration after Santos’ reelection.

Santos picked up 50.95% in the run-off election against Óscar Iván Zuluaga on June 15, validating his insistence on continued negotiations with the FARC – the country’s largest terrorist group – and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN).

Government and FARC representatives have been negotiating a peace deal in Havana, Cuba, since November 2012, but some major issues remain unresolved, notably the surrendering of weapons by the FARC, compensating victims of the conflict and enshrining a comprehensive peace agreement in law.

Torres said that an agreement on compensating victims “is the first step for a reconciliation.”

The conflict between the state and the FARC has left 600,000 dead, 15,000 missing and four million displaced, according to the Colombian government.

Source: El Espectador