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FARC-EP welcomes Secretary of State John Kerry

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Cabezote 2016 English

Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, March 21, 2016, the year of peace

Mr

JOHN KERRY

United States of America Secretary of State

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Through you, we thank the US Government for its support for the peace talks in Havana between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP that seek to end the longest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere.

Together with Norway, Cuba, Venezuela and Chile, Washington has helped to find ways of understanding between the parties at difficult moments. This has allowed an important sector of Colombian society to begin to perceive the United States as a friend of the political solution, and the historic meeting with the FARC-EP in the city of Havana helps to strengthen this feeling. This has been an achievement of President Barack Obama’s administration.

We appreciate the work carried out by the special envoy of the State Department, Mr. Bernard Aronson, who has helped us to understand the vision of the US on Colombia. We hope that through you, the United States will also understand our altruistic struggle, full of ideals and humanism. After all, for decades of confrontation, the FARC-EP has done nothing but follow the just proclamation of the first Declaration of Human Rights of the planet by the good people of Virginia, June 12, 1776, reiterated on the 4th of July with these wise words:

"(...) when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

We have reasons to believe that the US is able to see in the FARC-EP a reliable partner for the construction of the continental peace and we hope that consequently we will be recognized as a political force committed to the expansion of democracy and social progress in Colombia.

It is our intention to continue working resolutely in these few months that separate us from the Final Agreement, with the certainty that nothing is possible without providence (Nil sine numine); and everything, even the most difficult, is possible to solve with goodwill.

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For this purpose we have presented a roadmap to the plenipotentiaries of the Government of Colombia and the guarantor countries, which contains key elements such as the Cease of Fire and hostilities, the surrender of weapons, security guarantees and the end of paramilitarism.

In this regard, Mr Kerry, through you we ask the US to help curbing paramilitary violence, which amid the peace process continues taking the lives of human rights defenders and social leaders with impunity.

In addition, we propose you to help implement right away the Agreement reached at the Dialogue Table on the solution to the problem of illicit crops, with the implementation of alternative economic projects and programs agreed to the benefit of farmers.

Finally, we want to express our conviction that soon we will present the good news to the country and the world that Colombia has come to peace. The steps we are taking augur well. One of the most important is undoubtedly the adoption of Resolution 2261 by the UN Security Council, which establishes a political mission in charge of monitoring the Bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, as well as the abandonment of weapons.

Let’s work so that the aspiration for Latin America and the Caribbean to be a zone of peace, can become a reality.

PEACE DELEGATION OF THE FARC-EP

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