The national outrage because of the decision of the National Authority of Environmental Licenses (ANLA) to grant the company HUPECOL a licence to exploit an oil block in the Special Management Area of La Macarena (AMEN), which forced the national government to subsequently revoke it, demonstrates the validity and the urgency of profoundly addressing the debate on the economic model that we, Colombians, want for our country.
Written by Carlos Antonio Lozada, member of the FARC-EP Secretariat
Given the barrage of news regarding the possibility of a bilateral ceasefire before signing the final agreement, we consider it necessary to make some clarifications, since we noted a number of inaccuracies, both in the statements made by President Santos and by the chief negotiator of the government, as well as in press releases, which are all contributing to confuse rather than bringing closer the possibility to achieve that necessary measure.
We can only welcome President Santos' decision to suspend the aerial spraying with glyphosate. A sound if belated decision.
The proposal of the inter-agency committee of the judicial branch, composed of the Prosecutor and the Presidents of the high courts, to convene a constituent assembly dealing with the reform of Justice, provoked a series of reactions for and against the initiative.
Havana, Cuba, April 8, 2015.
Mr. Álvaro Mejía.
Through digital media we have known the statements of the National CTI director, Julián Quintana, related to the fate of your son Andrés Mejía, who ensures the following: "We denounce that many sources, demobilized fighters and people who have some kind of relationship with the guerrillas, said they have seen Andrés in the ranks of the guerrillas. That is, he is under custody. We reiterate the call we made to the FARC to please release him or give us some sign of life."
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.