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FARC-EP, News from Habana, Cuba, 08.01.2015 [En]

PEACE REQUIRES CONSISTENCY

Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, January 6, 2015

Our commitment to the desire for peace of the Colombian people is total. That is why we never agreed with the unfortunate comment made by former Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Rabin, copied by President Santos, who said “we will negotiate as if there were no terrorists, and we will fight the terrorists as if there were no peace negotiations”. Now the President restates his position, saying that this disconnection is no longer necessary.

 

We were right, since in Havana you are not negotiating with terrorists, but with a military political rebel organization, that is, with people who have raised up in arms exercising the universal right to rebellion. We welcome the new position of the Government who, after the capture of General Alzate, understood that the confrontation might indeed affect the development of the peace talks: the unilateral suspension of the talks for this reason jeopardized the process.

 

Now Santos wisely says that he is taking into account the unilateral and indefinite cease-fire declared by our organization, and he recognizes “that the FARC has complied with it”. Hopefully he will act accordingly, because we will continue to pose initiatives that will benefit the country right at this moment; from Havana, the road to a National Constitutional Assembly is also being built.

 

To successfully pursue this course, it was imperative to manifest the unilateral and indefinite ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, monitored, and with the condition of our structures not being attacked, because this is not about waiting, handcuffed, for the military operations of extermination. Therefore, we ask the organizations that make up the Frente Amplio, to continue their constructive task of monitoring and early warning, and to define the participation of other organizations, which would be an additional guarantee for the success of our decision. With a bilateral cease, we can build a mature peace with everyone, with social justice and new hope. The new events prepare the road for its realization; let’s not waste them.

 

Let’s seize the occasion to remove the legal obstacles that tangle progress towards the Final Agreement. Let’s put aside bad advisers. Let’s eradicate unilateral decisions like the legal framework, or initiatives for a countersignature mechanism that haven’t been discussed, such as the referendum.

 

Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP

 

NO MORE SHOOTING AGAINST THE UNILATERAL AND INDEFINITE CEASE-FIRE

 

Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, January 6, 2015

We inform to the Frente Amplio por la Paz (Broad Front for Peace) and to national and international opinion, that 16 days after the beginning of the unilateral and indefinite cease-fire, determined by the FARC, it continues being constantly harassed by some sectors of the Army of Colombia.

 

The provocative advances of the troops against guerrilla units of the 34 Front, in the region of Mandé, Department of Antioquia, continue. On December 31, at 19:00 pm, aircraft and helicopters strafed and fired flares on Curbatá and Loma de Murrí, and also between Vigía Del Fuerte and Urrao.

 

Moreover, army troops that were located in Puntas de Ocaidó (Chocó) were deployed towards Taita and Mandé. Meanwhile, the Army of San Antonio imposes strict controls on the population that lives in the mining area Bebará, combining the census of people and mines with a curfew after 17:00 hours, disrupting the daily habits of the community.

 

In Bajo Cauca, area of the 18 Front, the army attacked one of our commands on December 28, with the novelty of a wounded female guerrilla fighter. The 30th of December in rural area of Ituango, there was a skirmish without consequences, when army troops tried to storm a guerrilla camp by surprise.

 

We insist that the unilateral ceasefire may be extended indefinitely in time, if the army appeases their warmongering impulses, acts with prudence and in tune with the spirit of peace and reconciliation that has taken over Colombia.

 

With everybody’s commitment and efforts, our reconciliation will be possible.

 

Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP

 

 

“ARMED FORCES SHOULD LEAVE ASIDE THE NATIONAL SECURITY DOCTRINE”: EDILSON ROMAÑA

 

Romaña, mentioned as the “brain of kidnapping and terrorist acts” and catalogued as being a “FARC-EP hardliner” by the official media, is now member of the Peace Delegation in Havana. He is part of the Technical Subcommittee and tells us today his viewpoint on the conflict and the possibilities of making peace.

 

The reality shows us a Colombian from the countryside, who became a guerrilla fighter of the FARC-EP in the eighties. Like many of his fellow fighters, he suffered the persecution and the assassination of many members of his family by official paramilitarism. At least about twenty of them have died; Romaña has faced many difficult situations of war. Contrary to what the Establishment and its mass media say about him, he is an outstanding political-military leader today.

 

  1. Why did you become a guerrilla fighter?

Since my childhood I have been struggling, first in the Pioneers and then in the ranks of the Communist Youth, where I had several tasks, leading the peasant mobilizations and confronting the violence in Alto Ariari. That was when I started to feel the commitment to the struggle, to the resistance against state terrorism, its assassinations, its massacres, its land dispossession against the people.

 

  1. Tell us about some event that has marked your life…

During this long struggle there have been many, but without any doubt the death of comrade Jorge Briceño, who was assassinated by the regime that cowardly launched 60 tons of explosive over him, was an impressive and painful event.

 

  1. You are in the Technical Subcommittee; what do you all do there, how do you work and what for?

The Central High Command has delegated a big group of experienced cadres, who know the national territory and the reality of war, to make part of this Subcommittee. We are studying everyday political and military events that happen to seek for practical alternatives that can lead to a ceasefire and the abandonment of arms, as aspects of a mutual commitment by both parties. The insurgency and the State would have to separate arms from politics and particularly the Armed Forces would have to re-take their constitutional role of defending the borders and leaving aside the National Security Doctrine and the perception of the ‘internal enemy’.

 

We are working on this as a team but also individually; then we recollect the opinions of all comrades to come to conclusions that should benefit the people in Colombia. The idea is to come to an armistice and within it, a large truce that would allow the implementation of the Final Agreement.

  1. Why does the FARC-EP insist on a bilateral ceasefire? Does that make sense? Is it feasible?

A bilateral ceasefire, according to the stage and the level it is at right now, is a necessity and a duty of both parties. If we carried it out, we would alleviate the suffering of war and it would create a better atmosphere for making progress. Nobody should be small-minded about that, because if we are talking about peace we should start with something important, that would make the population feel less tensed and insecure, something that would convince them of this peace process. A ceasefire, as our unforgettable Comandante Jacobo Arenas would say, is a huge step so that we can reach peace with social justice some day, and embrace each other, smile and leave behind the bitterness of the confrontation. I am sure that this will be feasible if the government shows political will and the warmongering mass media contribute to reconciliation.