This 2016 that comes to an end has been the scenery of memorable days for the highest yearning of the country: Peace. This is a year that we will never forget. Some defeats and many victories occurred, always having as main protagonist the mobilized citizenship demanding peace and designing a possible future.
All of this fills us with hope. Our deliberative country must be the basis of an inclusive and palpable democracy. The men and women of the FARC-EP want to contribute to that national debate, to be part of the accumulated discussion that will cement the New Colombia. All this, as we have said, having our word as our only weapon.
This peaceful Christmas has been possible thanks to the intense work of our organization, the delegation of the government and the Colombian society that built and sustained the Final Agreement. It is the demonstration of the real possibility of a country without war. We call on everyone to play their part and consolidate Peace, so that we will never again mourn violent deaths, forced disappearances or political persecutions.
2017 will undoubtedly be a year of new challenges and battles for peace. We know that this road will not be easy. But we assume it with the joy of knowing that we are on the path of reconciliation and the reuniting of the Colombian family. We are fulfilling our historic task.
We have overcome fears and prejudices. Let’s make national convergence a reality and build a country for all, bringing together dreams and efforts, promoting dialogue between compatriots and multiplying the just struggles of the peoples.
We hope that the New Year will also bring us Peace with Social Justice, complete Peace, making possible the progress of the Peace Talks between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the government. We put everything we have at our disposal in order to help for this dialogue advance.
We thank all the individual and collective efforts that made possible the beginning of the realization of this postponed dream. The history of Colombia will reward the sacrifices of those who made this longing possible.
The future of Colombia is in the hands of the Colombian people.
Let's fight to make it a reality.
CENTRAL HIGH COMMAND OF THE FARC-EP