Co­lom­bia signs pea­ce deal with FARC

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

CO­LOM­BIA - Co­lom­bia’s govern­ment and the FARC re­bel group sig­ned a re­vi­sed pea­ce ac­cord Sa­tur­day af­ter ye­ars of ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons and a half a cen­tu­ry of con­flict. Co­lom­bi­an Pre­si­dent Ju­an Ma­nu­el San­tos an­noun­ced the new deal in a TV ad­dress Sa­tur­day eve­ning, saying it will build a “broa­der, dee­per pea­ce.” A pea­ce deal ne­go­ti­a­ted ear­lier this year with FARC re­bels was un­ex­pec­ted­ly de­fea­ted by Co­lom­bi­an vo­ters in Oc­to­ber. Ma­ny we­re an­ge­red by what they saw as in­suf­fi­cient pu­nish­ment for tho­se who per­pet­ra­ted a li­ta­ny of cri­mes against their pe­o­p­le. Ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons for a pea­ce deal con­ti­nued af­ter the de­feat with re­bels and tho­se op­po­sed to the ori­gi­nal agree­ment. Among the new sti­pu­la­ti­ons are re­pa­ra­ti­ons for vic­tims which will co­me from FARC’s as­sets and mo­ney, San­tos said. FARC can still form a po­li­ti­cal par­ty un­der the agree­ment and mem­bers with mi­nor of­fen­ses can ap­ply to get their re­cords clea­red. One of the chief ne­go­ti­a­tors of the FARC gu­er­ril­la mo­ve­ment, Ivan Mar­quez, twee­ted, “The new pea­ce ac­cord is the vic­to­ry for Co­lom­bia.”

The ac­cord al­so sets up tran­si­ti­o­nal are­as whe­re FARC mem­bers stay to be re­ha­bi­li­ta­ted and ha­ve “ac­ti­vi­ties of re­pa­ra­ti­on,” San­tos said. San­tos was awar­ded the No­bel Pea­ce Pri­ze this year for “his re­so­lu­te ef­forts” to end the coun­try’s ci­vil war. US Se­cre­ta­ry of Sta­te Jo­hn Ker­ry is­sued a sta­te­ment saying, “I want to con­gra­tu­la­te the govern­ment and pe­o­p­le of Co­lom­bia on achie­ving a re­vi­sed pea­ce agree­ment.” “Pre­si­dent San­tos and his ne­go­ti­a­ting team, tho­se from the ‘No’ cam­paign, and other im­por­tant sec­tors of Co­lom­bi­an so­ci­e­ty de­ser­ve cre­dit for en­ga­ging in a far­rea­ching and res­pect­ful na­ti­o­nal dia­lo­gue fol­lo­wing the ple­bis­ci­te,” Ker­ry said. He said the Uni­ted Sta­tes will “sup­port full im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of the fi­nal pea­ce agree­ment.” US Na­ti­o­nal Se­cu­ri­ty Ad­vi­ser Susan Ri­ce con­gra­tu­la­ted the govern­ment of Co­lom­bia for rea­ching the deal. “We ap­pre­ci­a­te how dif­fi­cult and com­pli­ca­ted the ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons ha­ve been and re­cog­ni­ze that the new pro­vi­si­ons, whi­le an im­por­tant step for­ward, will not ne­ces­sa­ri­ly sa­tis­fy eve­ry­o­ne,” she said in a sta­te­ment.


FARC’s lead ne­go­ti­a­tor Ivan Mar­quez (C) and Co­lom­bia’s lead govern­ment ne­go­ti­a­tor Hum­ber­to de la Cal­le sha­ke hands whi­le Cu­ba’s Fo­reign Mi­nis­ter Bru­no Ro­dri­gu­ez looks on. (Pho­to: Reu­ters)

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