Colombia Peace Talks Resume: Hope of Peace if Government Promotes Effective Change

Hope of peace will remain alive only if the Colombian government favours effective changes towards democracy and dignity, said today the FARC-EP, questioning recent statements of President Juan Manuel Santos.

Colombia-peace-talks-smallIn a statement read by Ivan Marquez, head of the rebel delegation that performs the peace talks in Havana with the Colombian government, the guerrillas expressed disagreement with statements uttered by Santos late last year.

According to the guerrillas, Santos “with an air of self-sufficiency” spoke about his personal role in the military action by the government against the insurgency and referred to his peace strategy as a process originated in 2000 with the launching of Plan Colombia.

With this revelation, the president addresses the suspicion that this was not a plan against drug trafficking, but counterinsurgency, designed to defeat the growing social discontent, denounced the FARC-EP in criticizing the U.S. intervention in Colombia.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) considered that these expressions do not help in building trust among disputing parties seeking to push forward a peace process.

Given the various points on the agenda of the peace process touched by the Colombian president, FARC-EP gave its particular vision each.

The guerrillas said they had not come to the peace talks in Havana to negotiate impunity and proposed the establishment of a Commission to clarify the truth about the history of Colombian internal conflict to facilitate judicial action and give satisfaction to the victims.

In that case, the insurgents denounced the government has ignored the knowledge that if the commission is not integrated, it will not be possible to address the issue of victims and ultimate responsibility.

The FARC-EP warned that another of his efforts in the talks is to involve citizens and their organizations at the highest levels of policy planning in the country and open the doors to true democracy, where no one is killed by his political thought.

The insurgency regretted the posture of Colombian president to continue the military offensive against the guerrillas, “fatal contempt that denies the table of dialogues the confidence to move forward in building agreements.”

The flame of hope for peace will be alive, only if the government is willing to facilitate effective changes that signify democracy and dignity, and if the Colombian peek over the horizon, finally, that we have a homeland, the guerrillas said calling for popular mobilization in support of peace.

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