The commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), Timoleon Jimenez, is asking Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to save the peace talks process, through an open letter that was released today in this capital.
Before the beginning of talks between the two sides at the Conference Center in Havana, the guerrilla representatives released the letter, in which Jimenez said that although the negotiation table has achieved significant progress, official attitudes threaten to sink it into a swamp.
The FARC-EP commander stated that Santos’ language to farmers to move away from differences and work together to achieve objectives of prosperity, is reminiscent of the happy talk which from ancient times has been used by avaricious persons to deprive the poor of what little they have.
He also drew attention to the fact that Santos did not mention the peace process begun on November 19 in Havana, which he himself promoted after taking office.
Jimenez said that he would consider opportune a commission that includes the former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, the Union of South American Nations, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and other government organizations proposed by the government.
The guerrilla leader’s letter was read by Andres Paris, a member of the FARC-EP delegation at the negotiation table, a team that arrived in this morning without its boss, Ivan Marquez, and was also missing one of its leading figures, Ricardo Tellez.
Thus, the fifth cycle of the talks continue, with Cuba and Norway as guarantors. The talks so far have focused on agrarian issues, the first of a six-item agenda agreed to by the parties.
Other issues refer to guarantees for political participation, the end of armed conflict, the solution to the problem of illegal drugs, victims rights, and verification mechanisms and referendums on the agreement signed at the negotiation table.