FARC-EP, News from Havana, Cuba, 03.12.2014 [En]

Released General Alzate and companions

 

Havana, Cuba, home of the peace talks, November 30, 2014

General Rubén Darío Alzate, Lance Corporal José Rodríguez and lawyer Gloria Urrego, have been released by the block Iván Ríos of the FARC in the village of Vegaez, on the banks of the Arquía River in the north of Quibdó.

 

Surrounded by the humble people of the area, the general and his companions were handed over personally by Comandante Pastor Alape to a humanitarian mission, composed of representatives of Cuba and Norway – guarantor countries of the peace process, and the ICRC. The insurgent leader traveled from Havana to the jungles of Chocó, mandated by Timoleón Jiménez, comandante of the FARC, to ensure a prompt and smooth prisoner release, mission which was successfully accomplished.

 

Likewise, we inform the Colombians that in the performance of the Special Humanitarian Agreement, which led to the successful release of the professional soldiers Paulo Cesar Rivera and Jonathan Andrés Diaz in the savannas of Arauca on the 25th of November, directly and actively participated Comandante Carlos Antonio Losada.

 

Gratitude to the governments of Cuba and Norway and the International Committee of the Red Cross, for their humanitarian dedication and because their participation in the releases somehow saves a peace process that was progressing amid hope.

 

Now we have to redesign the game, for a peace process that has reached the level where it is right now, and which is preparing to discuss the most critical issues of peace, can not be subject to any hasty and thoughtless attitudes that postpone the advent of our reconciliation.

 

We invite President Santos, with our heart in our hands and our minds full of common sense, to consider that we can no longer permit the absurd situation of carrying out dialogues of peace in the midst of war. It’s time for a bilateral ceasefire, an armistice, so that no military event can serve to justify the interruption of such a beautiful and historic task of making peace for a nation that longs for it. Let’s shake off the incoherence to speak of reconciliation and recognition of victims, without silencing the fire of the rifles and without stopping the neoliberal economic policies of misery, that fuel the war and the victimization of a people that deserve justice.

 

Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP

 

The picture of peace and reconciliation

Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, December 1, 2014

 

The statements of Dr. Humberto De La Calle at the military base Catam, before leaving for Havana, apart from being surprising, are nonsense.

 

The photo of the embrace of Pastor Alape, guerrilla comandante, with Army General Darío Alzate is the picture of peace and reconciliation that the vast majority of Colombians desires, and not the undignified treatment suggested by the leader of the negotiating team of the government.

 

There is no clause in the Special Humanitarian Agreement that prohibits the dissemination of acts of peace, as is the moment of a release and the expression of harmony that shelters it.

 

What is really serious is the publication of photos and footage of attacks by the Air Force against guerrilla camps, exhibiting mangled corpses of fallen guerrilla comandantes and fighters. That is a practice that does not correspond to a “dignified treatment” in a “framework of respect and dignity,” especially when accompanied with expressions of joy. While in these cases death is shown as a trophy, the photo of the General’s release by the guerrilla is the image of peace, of the possible country, of the future country.

 

The photo of Pastor and the General was very well received by the average citizen. “This is what peace is about,” is what people say in all corners of the country where people think with common sense.

 

Our respect for the General. We understand the hard crossroads of his life. And we extend our embrace of compatriots to the military and police forces, inviting them from our hearts to supports the peace that our people deserve. Without their participation, we know it will be harder to achieve the reconciliation of the Colombian family.

 

Responding to other concerns of Dr. De La Calle, we should say that who imposed the suspension of the talks cannot return with the intention of also imposing the date of resumption, as if nothing had happened. The rules that lead the march of the process will have to be re-designed, as the government broke them, destroying the bridge of trust we had built as well. From our side we are fully prepared to act accordingly, including the ability to permanently shield the talks, agreeing an Armistice.

 

We agree with the idea that it is time to pass from discussion to action, implying that at least we should begin to execute the transformations mentioned in the partial agreements and to slow down the promotion of laws that are contrary to them. And in regard to the gestures of de-escalation, we are still waiting for the government to respond to our proposal in the framework of cycle 30.

Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP

 

 

Joint declaration December 3, 2014

The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP, after jointly analyzing the events of the recent weeks, consider that the crisis has been overcome and report that:

 

  1. We have agreed that the next round of talks will take place between December 10 and 17 in order to advance in the issue of de-escalation of the conflict in order to reach an agreement on it as soon as possible.

 

  1. On December 15 we will receive the first delegation of organizations within the framework of the gender sub-commission.

 

  1. On December 16 we will have the fifth and final hearing of victims of the conflict.

 

  1. In the second half of January 2015, on a date to be determined, the work of the Conversation Table will resume.

 

  1. The delegations are grateful to the guarantor countries Cuba and Norway, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross, for their support, which was crucial for the success of the recent releases, which were carried out smoothly and expeditiously, according to the agreements made by the delegations in Havana.

 

  1. The delegations agreed to establish a permanent mechanism, through the guarantor countries, to facilitate the solution of eventual crises that may arise in the future.

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