The FARC-EP, which has already concluded its Peace Process with the Colombian National Government –with the resulting Final Peace Agreement signed in November 2016 that is currently under implementation- has met with the ELN delegation in Havana in order to share experiences and knowledge with the purpose of helping out in the achievement of a successful outcome for the Peace Talks between the ELN and the National Government and in search of a complete peace for Colombia.
From the aforementioned meeting, the following public statement is made:
We have started the joint dialogue for peace.
Gathered for the purpose of joining forces for the political solution of the Colombian conflict, we find that despite the disparity between the two tables of conversations between the insurgency and the government of President Santos, we maintain common objectives, with different but complementary paths such as the search for society to have a leading role in the achievement of peace, with the force of which it will be possible to impose a non-violent way out of seven decades of confrontation, and in dissent with the elite that driven by the profit that they obtain through war persists on it.
We agree to make the rights of the victims the heart of the search for peace, so that there is full truth about these seventy years of national tragedy, allowing governments, the ruling classes and the insurgency to assume their responsibilities in order to solve the causes that generated this social, political and armed conflict.
We share that this peace process must contribute to a democratization of Colombia, in which violence is removed from political struggle in order for us all to show simultaneous commitments to the agreements, and progress to be the result of bilateral efforts within the understanding that we will reach peace through transformations that bring equity and dignity to Colombians.
We will seek for the present effort for the political solution to compromise the different forces that participate in the debate towards the 2018 elections, and we will try to avoid that those callings to the war, that the extreme right makes to not reverse this impulse for the achievement of a new country with equality.
We call on all communities to continue defending life and territory, and not to let persecution prosper, which seeks to close the way of alternative political forces that are committed to peace, social justice and the dignity of all.
We are accompanied by the certainty that the majority of Colombians conquer, above the stubbornness of the sectors of power that oppose peace, the political solution that makes progress through the peace talks table with the ELN and in the Implementation of the Havana Peace Agreements in order to begin the final defeat of violence, exclusion and the impoverishment of the national majorities.
We recognize the Colombian government's willingness to facilitate this second meeting, which we hope to maintain as a permanent coordination and joint dialogue mechanism for peace with social justice.
We value the contribution of the international community in the search for a political solution to the Colombian conflict and to be a zone of peace in Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, we are grateful for the contribution made by the Republic of Cuba, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Kingdom of Norway in the realization of this meeting.
On behalf of the National Secretariat of the FARC
Nicolás Rodriguez Bautista
On behalf of the Central Command of the National Liberation Army (ELN)