Hundreds of peasants, workers and activists from social organizations will attend a Constituent Assembly today in the northern Colombian department of Santander, to contribute to peace talks.
The meeting, presided over by the Constituent Committee for Land, an Honorable Life and Peace, from the municipality of Bolivar, will hold a forum with the environment as its central issue.
According to organizers, participants will discuss the current situation state of the armed conflict faced by the country, from the point of view of its environmental impact, and repercussions on political, economic and social spheres.
The Constituent Assembly will be held for two days in Santander. Then, it will move on to San Pablo, in the northern department of Bolivar, on March 9 and 10.
The initiative is based on a meeting of peasant, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities who support land and peace, that was held in Barrancabermeja, Santander, in 2011, a year before the rapprochement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army.
Its leaders intend to provide a voice for several civil sectors that are demanding greater participation in the peace talks, underway in Cuba since November 2012.