The country and the international community clearly remember the handshake between Santos and Timochenko, the day on which we announced to the world that we had achieved a satisfactory agreement on the matter of justice. In line with what had been previously expressed by the Colombian President, this achievement made the process irreversible.
Written by Carlos Antonio Lozada, member of the FARC-EP Secretariat
Given the barrage of news regarding the possibility of a bilateral ceasefire before signing the final agreement, we consider it necessary to make some clarifications, since we noted a number of inaccuracies, both in the statements made by President Santos and by the chief negotiator of the government, as well as in press releases, which are all contributing to confuse rather than bringing closer the possibility to achieve that necessary measure.
Written by: Juli?n Subverso, member of the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP
Among many conflicts, atrocities and barbarism imposed by hegemonic capitalism, perhaps one of the most dramatic, long and cruel of them is the brutal and ruthless Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people.
Regarding an article published in The Guardian, called "Colombia peace deal with Farc is hailed as new model for ending conflicts" written by Ed Vulliamy, I would like to make a few clarifications.
Today, there is a lot of news on TV about the situation in Venezuela. They say that in Venezuela there are crimes, shortage of basic items, violence, that there's no freedom of speech, that there are innocent people in jail, that there's no democracy, and other biased news to make people believe that socialism, not only in Venezuela, but in all countries, is something old, obsolete and doomed to failure.
"It is easy to see that despite such optimism, the Colombian State keeps on equipping and preparing itself for war"
The commander in chief of the FARC-EP, Timoleón Jiménez, through an article published on www.farc-ep.co, has expressed some mayor concerns about the peace process and the decisions and attitudes taken by Juan Manuel Santos? government. Here are some of the most important ideas:
Written by @Tanja_FARC
There is a global trend by the dominant system of categorizing insurgent movements as criminal business networks, depriving them from their revolutionary essence.
Sometimes it seemed that to change this society, so that we wouldn't be just numbers anymore in our class enemy's instrumental statistics, but a real opponent, so that history would lead a man like comandante Manuel Marulanda to build a strong popular power from below and fight, often only with the force of moral, against enemies who have infinitely greater resources, was impossible;
Written by Tanja Nijmeijer, @Tanja_FARC
Starting in the Netherlands ...
In July 1995, during the war in Yugoslavia, a group of approximately 400 Dutch peacekeepers grouped in a battalion called Dutchbat III, was in Bosnia and Herzegovina to protect Bosnian people against ethnic cleansing carried out by the Serbs.
It seems that now we have arrived to the items of victims, justice and end of the conflict, the only viable alternative is to submit ourselves to the discourse of power.
According to President Santos' statement, made during the presentation and acknowledgement of the new commanders of the Army, Air Force and Navy, only during the first five years of his government, 64 leaders of the FARC and some 20 of the ELN have been eliminated, which he qualifies as stunning blows or victories of the official armed forces, without which we would not be sitting at the talks in Havana.