Written by Timoleón Jiménez, Comandante of the FARC-EP's Central High Command
I consider it appropriate to make a brief comment about the news, confirmed by President Santos, referring to the meeting we had with comandante Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista in the city of Havana last April.
Colombia is a country which has been bleeding for more than five decades, which, regardless of political views, is a real tragedy for our nation. Yearn for peace and work to achieve it, are gestures that are worthy of applause.
We have publicly pointed out our assessments about the policies of all kinds carried out by the present national government. That does not keep us from judging the President's decision to seek a negotiated solution to the internal armed conflict as highly positive.
It wasn't easy to agree on the General Agreement published in September 2012, and the progress that has been made until today wasn't achieved on a bed of roses either. From the interpretation of the scope of the Agenda on, our positions, in most cases, have been openly opposed to each other.
If we add the hatred and the resentment, the radical positions, the ones who want to continue the total war, the black propaganda, the defamation campaigns, the constant emphasis on our rendition, as some people insist, making peace would become impossible.
We believe that not only we, as revolutionary insurgency, find it urgent to link the National Liberation Army to the peace talks; the national government and the whole of the Colombian population feel the need, too. It is the right and the most practical thing to do.
Therefore, president Santos authorized the meeting of the commanders of the two rebel forces in Havana, with the collaboration and support of the facilitating and guarantor countries of the talks with the FARC; we thank them for their support.
I can say that I felt that comandante Nicolas Rodriguez is a man who is deeply convinced of the importance of a negotiated peace, and equally concerned with achieving the signing of an agreement that allows the start of direct talks between the government and the ELN.
The decision to undertake the path of a dialogued solution is a fact within the ELN, but they have found serious difficulties. Comrade Gabino and me analyzed how secrecy and confidentiality were important rules during the exploratory meetings between the FARC and the government.
Unfortunately, this has not been the case with the rapprochement between the ELN and the Santos administration. There is a great pressure unleashed against the opponents who are trying to get closer, just at the moment when confidence and prudence are necessary.
Huge defamatory media campaigns, together with irresponsible and false accusations coming from a delusional and warmongering extreme right, who now cynically claims to suffer political persecution, make it more difficult to find a climate of understanding.
It is difficult to understand how the Commission of Accusations of the House of Representatives, opens an inquiry against President Santos because of a false report of the Democratic Centre, when more than a decade has passed by without anybody moving a finger against President Uribe, who has a scandalous - internationally known - criminal record.
Is it because the efforts of President Santos are directly related to achieving a Colombia at peace for our grandchildren, since our children did not enjoy it, while the efforts of the second one have to do with paramilitary and state terror?
Sinister people who entered by the back door to the Presidential Palace, to meet senior officials working directly under Mr. President, don't constitute any evidence of criminal activity in the Palace. The pot calling the kettle black.
Colombian jungle, May 12, 2015.