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Friday, 05 August 2016 00:00

FARC-EP on Protocols

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The signing of the protocols to enforce agreements on Bilateral and Definitive Cease of Fire and Hostilities as well as those related to the process of decommissioning of weapons, is a new and strong sign that the peace process in Colombia continues its ineluctable march toward the Final Agreement, despite the mad fire of the enemies of peace, who want to make it fail for capricious political reasons without any common sense and any sense of humanity.

They will not succeed against the national will. They won’t be able to succeed. Reconciliation advocated by millions of compatriots, flies higher than the few black flags that today evoke fascism.

Reconciliation requires from everyone involved in the conflict, truth and acknowledgment of responsibility in order to access to restorative justice, but apparently there are some stakeholders who prefer silence with the noise of war, the truth about the causes and those responsible for the conflict.

It results to be very hard to finalize an agreement to build peace. Some want it for free; others try to mount legal traps to prevent guerrilla commanders to be involved in politics; furthermore, others want, through trickery, to grab for themselves only, the resources for implementation and its destiny. The 2017 budget, for example, reduces social investment and does not seem to take into account the requirements of peace.There are also others pressing with times, but reject a minimal gesture as a contribution to reconciliation in Colombia. 


Once the agreements are signed, the key is implementation, and this should seek the maximum participation of citizens, because their role cannot be limited to the countersignature. These mechanisms will have the capacity and enforcement power and will consist of representatives of the parties and society as appropriate, as the Agenda says. 

All this is possible, but legal certainty and legal development of agreements are required so they would not remain a dead letter or a delusion, leading to disappointment, as has happened with other commitments and other processes. Because what all this is about is setting the bases to give way to the action of the primary constituent, i.e. the people. 

We must implement safeguards and security mechanisms that have been agreed on the end of conflict point of the agenda. The protocols signed today involve bilateralism and apply to both sides.

And so the planning and execution required to put into practice the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism at all levels begins, the adoption of mechanisms on the ground, the functioning of areas and points, and the guidelines for the process of decommissioning of weapons. It should be taken into account, though, that substantial steps with regard to the deployment of the insurgency to the Transitory Normalization Areas, and the decommissioning of weapons, are subject to the enforcement of the norms that guarantee the legal, social and political safety of the insurgency. Therefore the Final Agreement must be countersigned and into effective development.


Making a synthesis of what has been signed we can say that the Protocols define precisely the bilateral commitments for the materialization in the field of CFHBD and the process of decommissioning of weapons, including the scope of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism as well as of the Non Armed Political Mission of the UN that conforms the International Component, as well as aspects related to logistics, supply, communications, transportation, etc., determining in detail the scope and extent of that mechanism, the responsibilities of its international component, such as the criteria of transparency, credibility and trust for the execution of the procedure. 

Considering the fundamental importance that the population must have in the implementation of the reached Agreement, the mechanism in the areas will have direct contact with each community involved, as well as with social and political organizations and State institutions at local, regional and national level, in order to contribute to the organized activities, providing information, assisting in the dissemination of reports to the public opinion and presenting proposals and suggestions.

With this same vision, we must point out that within the Transitory Areas and Points of Normalization, the functioning of civil authorities as well as free access to any citizen and the media is guaranteed, without limitation, except in the camps where the bulk of the armed guerrilla units are to be concentrated. Speaking of the media, a proactive bond on their part to support and encourage the achievement of peace would be important.

According to the protocols, in a first phase, the selected members by the parties of the FARC and the Government will receive training and certification to integrate the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, which will dispose of a timeframe to be able to engage, prior to its deployment. The international component will receive from the parties, the names of their chosen members for this mission.


When the time comes, the FARC and the Government will order to their own troops the Bilateral and Definitive Cease of Fire and end of Hostilities. 

Hopeful of soon progress on the important issues that remain to be agreed at the Peace Talks, and driven by the binding force of what has been agreed, we prepare from now to begin the long-awaited Bilateral and Definitive Cease of Fire and end of Hostilities, a flag hoisted by the FARC-EP from the very beginning of the peace process, thinking in favoring those suffering the pains of war. Consequently, guerrillas who should be part of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism are ready, the International Component mandated by Resolution 2261 of the Security Council of the UN has been formed, and we are ready for the deployment of local and regional bodies defined, all of which provides, thanks to the strenuous efforts of millions of Colombians, a progress perspective that allows, every day, to say that the goal of the final agreement is closer and closer.

We end these observations by acknowledging the intense activity of construction of this agreement made within the framework of the technical sub-committee, both by the team of senior officers of the Armed Forces appointed by the Government, headed by General Javier Florez, and the team of guerrilla commanders nominated by the FARC-EP for this mission and led by Carlos Antonio Losada.

The joint effort in which both parties have shown a genuine desire for peace, shows that a new Colombia is possible, where arms, will and conscience of Public Forces can take the course of defending citizens' interests and social justice, something that our Liberator Father longed and fought for.