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Thursday, 05 July 2012 00:00

Exploratory meetings

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In March 2011, a first exploratory meeting took place between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border. The government appointed Enrique Santos (Juan Manuel Santos' brother), but finally Jaime Avenda?o y Alejandro Eder showed up.

Ricardo T?llez and Andr?s Par?s were representing the insurgency. Another meeting took place, with the same representatives, and finally there was a third meeting in July, where the two parties decided to come to Havana and continue the exploratory meetings.
On the 4th of November 2011, the commander in chief of the FARC-EP, Alfonso Cano, was murdered by government troops. He was the architect of the current peace process, an extraordinary leader, convinced of the need for peace with social justice in Colombia.
In spite of the pain and indignation felt by all the guerrillas of the FARC-EP, "you don't kill a person you're dialoging with", the Central High Command decided to continue the exploratory meetings, for it was the will of Alfonso Cano.


Mauricio Jaramillo, Ricardo T?llez, Marcole?n Calarc?, Andr?s Par?s, Sandra Ram?rez and Carmenza Castillo were in charge of continuing the exploratory meetings in Havana, Cuba, on 24 February 2012. These meetings were still secret, but on a more regular basis. From the government the representatives were Sergio Jaramillo, Frank Pearl, Enrique Santos, Jaime Avenda?o, and Alejandro Eder. Somewhat later, Hermes Aguilar reinforced the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP; from the government's side Luc?a Jaramillo and Elena Ambrosio joined.
On the 26th of August 2012 the General Agreement for the Termination of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace was signed. They agreed that the peace talks would take place in Havana, Cuba and that the guarantor countries would be Norway and Cuba. These two countries had been present since the meetings in July. Dag Nylander y Elizabeth Staum represented Norway, and Cuba was represented by Carlos de Cos?o and Abel Garc?a.
Finally, on the 4th of September, both sides officially announced that the General Agreement had been signed. 
The rest of the FARC Peace Delegation (consisting of 30 delegates) arrived in October. Only the international combatant Alexandra Nari?o was still missing, she arrived one month later. 

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