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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:30

FARC-EP informed on Delays on Transitory Zones

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On March 6, in the library of the Distrital University, the FARC-EP held a press conference on the "Progress Report on Transitional Zones of Normalisation (ZVTN)", related to the period February 1 - March 1 of this year.

This document says that it is not true that the adjustments of the common areas are almost finished (with 80% completed), as has been said by the national government and Carlos Córdoba, responsible for the zones.

The establishment of the zones on several occasions has indicated that soon the necessary adjustments will be delivered for the ZVTN. However, the days go by and the advances are not many, this has been denounced by the insurgency and has been registered for two months. In addition, according to the report, the progress in the villages with respect to the works of installation of public services is of a 77% of non-compliance by the Government.

As for food, the National Logistics Agency, which is responsible for distributing food to the camps, presents delays in the delivery of rations, sometimes leading the guerrillas to actually suffer hunger, as was the case with insurgents who moved to the ZVTN of Icononzo, Tolima, who had to wait up to 24 hours to eat, on the way to the camp, as Carlos Lozada reported to the media.

Likewise, food arrives expired or in a high degree of decomposition, which indicates the interruption of the chains of refrigeration and lack of care that should be given to these supplies. In contrast, it is also important to note that the exaggerated increase in food prices in these areas by speculators was reported.

On the other hand, necessary measures and facilities are not yet available for pregnant women and their infants, who are also provided with poor food. According to the report, "food for babies, children and pregnant women counts for just 3% nationwide".

As for the mobilizations of the guerrillas to the ZVTN and the transitional points of normalization, security problems arose because of the paramilitary presence that prevented, as in the case of the Catatumbo, the displacement in the agreed terms. In these marches also were not taken into account the conditions of sick insurgents and pregnant mothers.

Given this scenario, what is the message that the National Government is sending to the guerrillas who are in the process of abandoning arms and in transit to an unarmed political organization? In the words of Carlos Antonio Lozada:

"If an adequate process of reincorporation of the combatants is not guaranteed, it may be failing, so it is essential and crucial that the State fulfill its commitments regarding the logistics of the zones, since there is going to be developed the process of reincorporation that will surely go beyond 6 months."

Fuente: www.prensarural.org

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