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Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:00

National Peace Congress launched: an initiative to accompany peace implementation

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With the participation of various organizations, groups and sectors of society, the National Peace Congress was launched, an initiative that aims to generate a social appropriation of the Peace Agreements, monitor their implementation and support peace talks between the ELN [an insurgent organization with which a Peace Process is being carried out] and the Colombian Government.

This Congress will be developed through two spaces: the first will be a regional one that is to be held on April 27 in 20 regions of the country and six Transitional Local Zones for Normalization [where FARC-EP troops are currently grouped and in process of reincorporation to civilian life], where proposals, experiences and initiatives will be collected and that aim at finding the present and future guarantees for the construction of peace.

The second space will be carried out on April 29 in the Congress of the Republic where all regional proposals will meet. It is hoped that from these meetings a Permanent Regional Monitoring of the Implementation and Compliance of the Peace Agreements is created, as well as for the agenda of the peace process with the ELN.

According to the representative of the Green Alliance, Ángela María Robledo, this is also a scenario of convergence that bets on a generational change, "young people have done a very important task and must sustain it, “Paz a la Calle” and “Ojo a la Paz” were two mobilizations and citizen initiatives that carry the voices of young people in support of the Peace Agreements, and ultimately it will be them [the young generations] who are the generation of the peace".

Similarly, Senator Alberto Castilla, said that in this space "the proposals brought from below, from the bases, are the ones that have to speak" and added that an example of that are the proposals that the peasants of Colombia have in terms of substitution of illicit crops as part of item 4 of the peace agreements.

The challenges of the Peace Congress

One of the first challenges that this new scenario will have to face is to articulate the large number of people committed to the defense of the peace agreements and their implementation through Colombian Congress, since this space is the result of a process in which the “Broad Front for Peace” and others have joined and that have not been able to put enough pressure on the government towards the implementation of Peace.

On the other hand, they will have to face the electoral interests of the current presidential campaign for 2018 and establish the bases for the next government administration that could be of transition towards peace. The strategy is to unite all the young people who have participated in spaces such as “Paz a la calle” and “Ojo a la Paz” and achieve a collective identification as an alternative to the so-called "dynasties" that have ruled the country.

Source: Contagio Radio

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