Who is tired of the peace process?
Around the peace process which is currently taking place in Havana, all sorts of speculations are woven. Starting from President Santos and his leader at the peace talks, Humberto de la Calle, the allegations against the FARC are released and repeated in an irresponsible and biased way by different spokesmen of the Establishment and commentators, who are well-paid by the mainstream media.
On several occasions you said you were interested in an exchange of letters with me. Now, after a discharge, much less friendly than when you valued my style, you return to the fray, and with two constraints, that I should be productive and I shouldn't sow discord.
Some media, surely inspired on sensationalism, have speculated about a supposed threat of mine regarding a violation of the confidentiality agreed on in the General Agreement for the termination of the conflict.
President Santos responded calculating every word when he referred to the offer of cooperation made by President Mujica in New York. In spite of expressing his gratitude for the proposal to use the Uruguayan territory as a possible site for the peace talks, the Colombian president chose not to advance anything on dialogues with the guerrilla of the ELN. In these situations you have to be very cautious. Decisions are made by mutual agreement, he said.
The recent presentation of a bill to reform the law, allowing a referendum to coincide with the normal date of another public electoral process, is not such a clear fact as the national government tries to present it.
A country which he doesn't like, because it doesn't look like the London he dreams of, is on the streets, demanding changes, facing the authorities, calling for different policies
President Santos never misses an opportunity to manipulate. After all, he's a business man from the world of the big media, used to distort and belittle opposing points of view. He didn't scruple to assert before the military High Command, that the commander of the FARC-EP had written an article complaining about the fact he was considered a high-value target. That's his problem. On this side, we never resort to the distortion of what was said by the President, we prefer to interpret his words in their exact meaning.
"Here we go, here we go" ... was the sly reply of General Sergio Mantilla when reporters asked him how close the army was to Timoleón Jiménez. He repeated like a parrot what the President said, that the war will end soon by hook or by crook. And he used the occasion to warn our delegates in Havana that they are still a highly strategic objective, so they shouldn't even think about leaving the peace process, or Cuba, because they would lose all their guarantees.