"Don't confuse guerrilla fighters with paramilitary or drug traffickers"
In its everyday speech at the International Convention Center, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP, in the voice of Comandante Carlos Antonio Lozada, expressed the position of the insurgent organization on the discussion that is going on in Colombia about the statements made by President Juan Manuel Santos, who referred to the need to recognize the nature of political crime and its related offenses. The president associated political crime with drug trafficking, fusing the image of the insurgents with drug traffickers.
"By decision of the two parties, the useless secrecy that surrounded the three partial agreements made in Havana, has been halted".
The FARC-EP, in a communique released today (25 September) in Havana, Cuba, made clear that it has always advocated for a process in public, with transparency. The General Agreement talks about participation of citizens, because in Havana the future of Colombia is being build, and for the citizens to participate, they need to know what is being discussed.
The Armed Forces, with the open cooperation of the mainstream media, have been presenting for several days the news of the arrest, in a luxurious estate of Alcal? (Valle del Cauca), of a man named Richard, described as "the FARC mafia boss" and "commander of the 30th Front". Even President Juan Manuel Santos proudly presented this "military victory" to the new Congress on July 20.
War or Peace (Part II)
In this second chapter, comandante Timole?n says that the two parties that are sitting at the Table represent two completely different viewpoint of the country and the world. But, he states, this shouldn't produce any insurmountable hate. All the contrary, it should produce a fruitful and sound discussion, which could lead us to the construction of a better country.
The way in which national and international media report on the agreement on illicit drugs made by the Colombian government and the FARC-EP deserves a closer look. The headline of mercopress.com, for example, reads: "Another chapter of Colombia peace talks closed; FARC admits links with the drug trade". Nearshoreamericas.com wrote: "Colombia Reaches Landmark Deal: FARC Agrees to Abandon Drug Trade". BBC Mundo: "FARC make commitment to break links with drug-trafficking, and so on".
The Delegations of the Government and the FARC -EP report that:
We have reached an agreement on the fourth item of the agenda contained in the "General Agreement for the termination of the conflict and the construction of a stable and lasting peace", third in discussion, called "Solution to the problem of illicit drugs".
Havana, Cuba, May 16, 2014. End of round 25 of the peace talks.
A new partial agreement on the third topic under discussion, "Solution to the problem of illicit drugs," has just been manufactured at the peace talks in Havana, shortening distances to the goal of peace in Colombia.
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Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, May 4, 2014
The 24th round of talks has led to significant advances that put us on the verge of closing the third point of discussion: solution to the problem of illicit drugs. With our proposal on the creation of a Commission of Clarification on the Conflict, we have begun to prepare ourselves for the start of the discussion on the issue of victims.
Havana, March 30, 2014
The delegations of the Government and the FARC-EP report that:
Throughout this round of conversations, we have discussed all the aspects of the topic "Solution to the problem of illicit drugs" and managed to agree on several points.