And so the Havana Final Agreement was signed, this time in earnest, with no possibility for either of the parties to back down. It is final, and, above opponents of all sizes, nothing can stop the effects of the agreement. The armed struggle of the FARC is over, henceforth our only weapon is the word, said Timo with energy. And so it will.
Today we went to the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Havana. When walking through the door I could not help but to remember my international law teacher at the National University. By a fiction of law, the headquarters of embassies are considered part of the national territory, thus having inviolability status. I told myself that I was in Colombia, and so it was.
From the darkest of caves, violent attacks emerge against the possibility of reaching the end of the armed conflict in Colombia, that is, from violence in rural and urban areas, from piles of corpses, from the wounded and mutilated, the murdered by paramilitarism, the dispossessed of their land, the forcibly displaced persons, the prisoners, the disappeared, the exiled and the threatened. It's incredible, but the shouting of those opposed to peace are deafening.
Last June 16 died in Cali the prominent mathematician and Marxist intellectual Guillermo Restrepo Sierra. The community of the Universidad del Valle is still mourning because of this painful loss: for years, this professor has encouraged social struggles and academic debate in the largest university of South Western Colombia. From the distance, this is my humble tribute to him.
Perhaps for some sectors of the left, what has been more difficult to understand about the current peace process in Havana and the signed agreements, is related to the agreement on justice and abandonment of arms. The hue and cry is, on one hand; how can a guerrilla movement such as the FARC accept for their actions to be judged by a court, and on the other, how can it agree, just like that, on the abandonment of arms?
Top US anti-drug official William Brownfield* made some curious declarations on the 16th of June, regarding coca production and drug policy in Colombia.
This chronicle relates the conversation between Gabriel Ángel (FARC-EP guerrilla combatant and writer) and a Cuban citizen.
Opinion articles and different features on (forced) recruitment of children in the FARC-EP, demonstrate a lack of knowledge of the guerrillas by many. In other cases, it shows a clear intention to mislead it.