The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) will persist in the need for a political solution through dialogue to the social and armed conflict in Colombia, a member of the guerrilla delegation to the talks said today.
This process should include students, peasants, workers, housewives, and all active sectors interested in building peace, said Ricardo Tellez, one of the participants in the peace talks with the Colombia government taking place in Havana since November 19.
“We are proposing a bilateral ceasefire with international observers; we are open and willing to look further into this topic,” Tellez stressed.
“Before arriving in Cuba, many voices clamored for our physical extermination, and we do not dread the campaign against our presence at the negotiation talks, but the government is aware that peace is necessary,” he commented.
“The fact that the FARC-EP delegation is in Havana analyzing these issues is a giant step for our country, and we’re going to play toward national peace, make no mistake,” Tellez said.
The parties are immersed in the sixth round of peace talks, under the format of three days of talks followed by one day of recess. The land issue is at the heart of the attempt to end decades of conflict in the South American country.
In addition to the agricultural issue, the agenda agreed to by the FARC-EP and the government includes political participation, the end of the conflict, the drug trafficking problem, care for victims, and verification mechanisms and countersignatures for any agreement reached at the negotiation table.