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Colombian government and FARC dissidents hold an exploratory meeting to seek peace

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A delegation from Colombian government and another from the “central staff” of dissidents from the former FARC they had an “exploratory meeting” in the southern department of Caquetá to “assess the possibility of initiating dialogues within the framework of total peace,” which would include a bilateral ceasefire.

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“A dialogue begins,” Colombian President Gustavo Petro said on Twitter this Sunday, where he shared a photo in which dissidents dressed in camouflage are seen talking with the High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda, and number two of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Raúl Rosende.

In a joint statement, signed by Rueda, Rosende, four dissidents and a delegate from the Norwegian Government, the parties assured that they express the “disposition and need for these dialogues to be set by a bilateral ceasefire, whose execution must be verified ” .

The dissidents who met with the government identified themselves with the aliases “Calarcá Córdoba”, “Alonso 45″, “Ermes Tovar” and “Érika Castro”.

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Commissioner Rueda explained to the dissidents the concept of “total peace”, an ambitious commitment by the Petro government to bring the illegal groups that still operate in the country to the negotiating table.

The idea is to reach a peace agreement with the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) like the one reached at the time with the FARC, and with the criminal gangs and dissidents, to reach a legal settlement or submission to Justice. .

“A central issue is the response of the Government in total peace to the substantial binding citizen demands and the rights that must be guaranteed to transition to the Social and Environmental State of Law,” the joint statement added.

Dissident Proposals

For its part, the central staff of the dissidents assured that for these groups total peace “means the eradication of the causes that generate the social and armed conflict” and asked that the first step be the declaration, “as soon as possible”, of a “bilateral ceasefire agreed by the parties, thus avoiding more pain in the Colombian family.”

Given this, “the parties agreed to sign a confidential protocol to guarantee a meeting of the commanders” of the central staff of the FARC dissidents, who are spread throughout the country.

Criticism of the meeting

Former senator Carlos Fernando Galán, one of the leaders of the New Liberalism party, criticized the meeting and said that the government cannot “give political status” to dissidents.

“The Colombian state must not negotiate with the FARC dissidents, it cannot give them a political status. They must submit to justice. Period,” Galán, also a former candidate for mayor of Bogotá, wrote on Twitter, referring to the fact that precisely these people did not take advantage of the peace agreement signed by the guerrillas and the government in 2016.

Alejandro Eder, who was senior presidential adviser for Reintegration between 2010 and 2014, during the Government of Juan Manuel Santos, assured that “the only option for any recidivist signatory of the Havana agreements or any member of criminal organizations founded by ex- FARC is submission to justice”.

“They violated the agreements they signed and must pay the consequences,” he said on Twitter.

Meetings with other groups

This week, Rueda assured in an interview with the CM& newscast that the dissident “Iván Márquez”, who was a FARC negotiator, is alive and authorized the Second Marquetalia General Staff, the group he leads and that brings together another group of FARC dissidents, approaches the policy of “total peace”.

The Second Marquetalia, added the official, “has expressed its willingness to be part of the total peace” as “has been done by an armed structure known” as the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), which is the main criminal gang in the country and is He is also known as Clan del Golfo.

The commissioner also revealed that he has had exploratory meetings with the dissidents “in a place in Colombia that the country will already know.”

Source: Gestion

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