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Carlos Antonio Lozada is head of the Technical Subcommission of the FARC-EP and member of its national Secretariat.
Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

A step forward for peace in Colombia

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The presence of a plural number of guerrilla Comandantes in Havana, who will integrate the technical commission, is an unprecedented fact that will bring together representatives of the insurgency and active military, with the common purpose of developing recommendations for the two parties related to item 3 of the Agenda, on issues of bilateral ceasefire and abandonment of arms, is undoubtedly an event of singular political importance, result of the progress that has been made. But it is also a clear sign of the commitment of the FARC-EP to the process, a step forward for peace with social justice in Colombia.

This means a bit of fresh air amid a turbulent political atmosphere, caused by the constant attacks of the extreme right against the Peace Talks in Havana, spurred in part by the pusillanimous attitude of the government. This administration hasn't been able to defend, from the start and with the necessary determination, its main and almost only accomplishment of its first 4 years in office, due to its ambivalent stance on a political solution to the conflict.

The importance of the topics to be discussed and the composition of the commission are creating great expectations, given that the progress on the construction of agreements on one of the crucial items of the Agenda will depend on the outcome of its work.

With regard to the FARC-EP, we got to this point in the process convinced of the real possibility of reaching agreements on these sub-points, taking into account the wilingness expressed by both parties, which in our case was ratified by the decision to take away from the scenarios of war a considerable number of Comandantes and cadres, to devote their efforts to the construction of proposals in order to make feasible a bilateral cease-fire and the abandonment of weapons, within a feasible period of time. This is something that, in our view, could take as a starting point some partial agreements for the de-escalation of the confrontationt, until achieving an armistice between the parties, as a prelude to the end of the armed conflict; which should lead all Colombians to the possibility of resolving our differences through politics, without resorting to arms.

Not an easy task, if we consider the complexity of the issues that still need to be discussed and the number of obstacles to be overcome, until we achieve a final agreement on all the items of the Agenda; definitive agreements that should provide the structural bases on which peace with full and real democracy, with sovereignty and social justice, must be build.

The face to face meeting of insurgent Comandantes and active military officers, to work on a common purpose while the confrontation goes on, is a clear sign of progress of the peace talks, which must convene the most active and broadest possible support of all Colombians, in order to create a compact group which, with its strength and force, will isolate and defeat the militarist ultra-right-wing, grouped under Uribe. Only social mobilization of the majority of the population that aspires to a Colombia in peace will be able to impose itself upon the powerful interests and government hesitation.

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