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?
This chronicle relates the conversation between Gabriel Ángel (FARC-EP guerrilla combatant and writer) and a Cuban citizen.
The whole Peace Delegation, led by the Commander in Chief, will go to the Park Victor Hugo, to pay tribute to Irish patriot Bobby Sands who died on hunger strike 5 May 1981, his death followed by that of 9 comrades protesting agains the British government.
The FARC-EP published an extensive chronicle on their website www.farc-ep.co, describing the life of “El Paisa”, showing that “things generally aren’t what they seem like, investigate and understand them is much more useful than shoot and slander (…)”.
Of the issues under discussion in Havana, although the national government, the ultramontainous right and the mainstream media did not highlight it, the most important for its content and significance is that related to paramilitarism and security guarantees.