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Timoleón Jiménez is the head of the National Secretariat of the FARC-EP and its Central High Command 
Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

Serious threats loom over peace

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"It is easy to see that despite such optimism, the Colombian State keeps on equipping and preparing itself for war"

By: Timoshenko.

The commander in chief of the FARC-EP, Timoleón Jiménez, through an article published on www.farc-ep.co, has expressed some mayor concerns about the peace process and the decisions and attitudes taken by Juan Manuel Santos? government. Here are some of the most important  ideas:

During the 39 round of talks, we made progress on different themes. There was a report on the development of the pilot plan for the decontamination of explosives, a first meeting of legal advisers of both parts to discuss the issue of justice, progress around the integral system of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition , and the respective Subcommission was discussing formulas for a bilateral ceasefire and the end of hostilities.

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Now, only an obsessed enemy of reconciliation may refuse to appreciate, in its real humanitarian dimension, the enormous significance of the work to consolidate with deeds the actions of de-escalation that have been announced. Although from the beginning the national Government has bluntly opposed any formula of armistice, truce or ceasefire, it cannot be denied that our position about it has gained advantage.

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There are obviously a number of problems that will only be dissipated by the popular mayorities playing a real role. First, the issue of the pending points, subjects on which it hasn't been possible to reach an agreement with the government delegates. And which  will have to be dealt with and resolved at some point of the talks. The Government speaks and behaves as if the pending points didn't exist, which is concerning.

But even greater concern we have about the fact that what has been agreed at the Table does not exist at all for the administration of Juan Manuel Santos, who apparently took the formula ?nothing is agreed until everything is agreed? very seriously. Various constitutional and legal reforms promoted in Congress are totally contrary to the content of the partial agreements, as if they were just formalities to show off.

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But what is most sowing unease regarding the possibility to come to a final agreement, is the government's position of wiping off the map the political nature of our organization and the responsibility of the Colombian State and the ruling classes on crimes and state terrorism. A planned ideological, political and media strategy to present the FARC-EP as a criminal organization is in progress.

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Also, after the suspension ordered by President Santos, we have been bombed on July 27, in the village Huitoto, mouth of Ca?o Puntilla, municipality of Puerto Guzm?n, Putumayo, and on August 4 in the village Dios Pe?a of the municipality of San Miguel, also in Putumayo, not to mention several  provocations on the ground against our units in different regions of the country. The government fails again in honoring its word, while we have kept ours. What are they looking for? 


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