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Colombian ex-president and current Senator Alvaro Uribe and his political part Centro Democrático [Democratic Center] have opposed the Colombian Peace Process and its Agreement with the FARC-EP since day one. This far right political force has gathered strength to a point in which their potential to reach the presidency in the 2018 elections is high, something that causes concern among those who push for Peace in Colombia.
By: Gabriel Angel, FARC-EP
Several media outlets exclusively disclosed the Theses of Discussion for the founding Congress of the party in which we, the FARC, will transform ourselves into in the month of August.
The Peace Agreement provided for the widest possible amnesty for FARC guerrillas in accordance with Geneva Protocols, which was implemented in detail in law 1820 of last year and with decree 277 of this year, consecrating at the same time the freedom for all our prisoners.
In the morning of Wednesday the 28th, before heading for Havana, Father Carlos, a Jesuit, director of Villa Claver, the spiritual retreat house where we were staying on our trip to Cartagena, asked all present FARC delegates to gather in order to take a picture. With him and all the staff that works at the house.
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.
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?