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It is necessary to change the dynamics of the process: Timochenko

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In an interview given by Comandante Timole?n Jim?nez, commander in chief of the FARC-EP, to the Insurgency Broadcast, he spoke about the meeting with Juan Manuel Santos' brother and others important issues.

Timochenko, which is his nom de guerre, confirmed to the insurgency broadcast that he had decided to send a letter to Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos, because of the difficulties that were hampering the peace process, for example on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, despite the fact that it was publicly signed on September 23, in Havana, with Juan Manuel Santos and the presence of the Cuba's president Ra?l Castro. The day after the signing of the agreement, the government delegation - to everyone's surprise - started saying that this agreement was not closed yet, thus hindering the process and undermining confidence between the parties.

The top commander of the FARC-EP said he considered it necessary to change the dynamics of the process, something he had proposed previously to Juan Manuel Santos during their meeting on September 23. Consequently, Juan Manuel Santos sent a proposal to the insurgency: a "conclave" to speed up the peace talks. However, Comandante Timochenko, although he said he shared the spirit of the proposal and the need to find a new mechanism or scenario to boost the peace talks, he dismissed the idea of "entering a room for 24 hours" and not leave it until the negotiators come to a final deal. "Going so far as to stay in one room during 24 hours is not necessary either", he literally stated. Instead, he proposed to create an executive management with a common spokesmanship.

The guerrilla leader said that during the meeting with the president's brother, speaking on behalf of the FARC-EP, he expressed all the concerns he had about the peace process, and he expressed that the FARC-EP was willing to re-discuss those aspects of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace if considered necessary by the government.

He stated that he felt a great sense of responsibility towards Colombia and the world because of the commitment with peace made on September 23 and the agreed date to the final signature, but that there is a need for creating different scenarios that generate results. He insisted that it is necessary to work carefully, because "we can't leave fertile ground for new violent conflicts". He spoke about other initiatives that arose from the meeting, and that now it is up to the president to implement them.

Finally, Timochenko insisted that Colombia deserves peace, and that it is only a matter of willingness to get it. He expressed that it's time to leave behind the suspicion and mistrust, achieve a final peace agreement and begin to build peace in Colombia.


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