Havana, Cuba, June 22, 2016
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP inform to the public that we have successfully reached an Agreement on a Bilateral and Final Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities; Decommissioning of Weapons; security guarantees and the fight against criminal organizations responsible for homicides and massacres or that target human rights defenders, social movements and political movements, including the criminal organizations that have been labelled successors of paramilitarism and their support networks, and the prosecution of criminal conducts that threaten the implementation of the agreements and the construction of peace.
Report from Havana, March 14, 2015
Havana, Cuba - Member of Secretariat Carlos Antonio Lozada responded some questions by the press today, mainly about the internal circular note by Timoleón Jiménez to all guerrilla combatants of the FARC-EP, which was intercepted by intelligence agencies and filtrated by Caracol Radio.
In the document, the commander in chief of the FARC-EP explains to the guerrilla fighters that, after months of fruitful discussions in the Technical Subcommission between commanders of the FARC-EP and generals of the Armed Forces about a bilateral and definitive cease of fire and hostilities and abandonment of weapons, the government presented a new document that reverses everything discussed and agreed so far in this subcommission.
In the document, Timoleón Jiménez further calls upon the guerrilla fighters to be prepared for anything, because "if the government continues trying to pressure us with deadlines or with Obama's visit, there is nothing left for us but to continue doing what we have done for 50 years".
Today, responding questions to the press about this subject, Carlos Antonio Lozada made clear that the Conversation Table is not “paralized”, as suggested by the media. Only the discussion on a bilateral ceasefire in the Technical Subcommission has been stopped.
He explained that the government is trying to impose a unilateral position, while the FARC-EP has always sustained that the agreements should have a bilateral character. The government, with this document, intends to go back to the exploratory meetings three years ago, when they wanted to impose an unconditional surrender by the insurgency. “This is a peace process, not a demobilization process of the guerrillas”, Lozada stated.
However, he affirmed that, together with the guarantor countries, formulas are being sought that could recover what has been agreed so far, in order to move forward. “If this is not done properly, things will get complicated because credibility will be lost”, the spokesman said.
A credibility that had already been crumbled by previous peace processes. The spokesman mentioned the peace process in Casa Verde, when the government suddenly started bombing the guerrillas in the midst of the talks, and the process in El Caguán, when the government started bombing the guerrillas without waiting the 48 hours that had been established in the protocols. “(…) we have to take measures to avoid being betrayed and attacked again, like happened in the past”, concluded the Comandante.
Havana, Cuba, September 17, 2015
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP continue to work in parallel on issues related to the points of ?Victims" and "End of Conflict".
In this 41st round of talks between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP, the Technical Subcommission, responsible for the discussion of issues of a bilateral and definitive cease of fire and hostilities/end of the conflict, met today with Mr. Jean Arnault, chief of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Jos? Bayardi, delegate of the presidency of UNASUR.
Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, August 30, 2015
A new round of talks has concluded, with simultaneous intense work in the different subcommissions that discuss legal issues, the clarification and elimination of paramilitarism, gender and the bilateral and final cease of fire and hostilities. While acknowledging the complexity of the subjects under discussion, we can deliver a positive assessment to the country.
Havana, May 8, 2015
Today, the delegations from the national government and the FARC-EP completed round 36 of talks, during which we worked intensively on three fronts.
The Government, the UN, the opposition and almost every sector of society are of the view that actions by your side in Buenos Aires (Cauca) have seriously dented confidence in the process.
Written by Walter Mendoza, Member of the Technical Sub-commission of the FARC-EP.
The FARC-EP has insisted on a bilateral ceasefire since the beginning of the conversations in Havana as the best way to de-escalate the conflict.