The Secretariat of the FARC-EP rejects the murder of Cecilia Coicué; a social leader in the municipality of Corinto - Cauca, militant of Marcha Patriótica and owner of the grounds where the installation of a Transitory Point of Normalization is planned to take place at the village of La Cominera within the context of the Normalization Process agreed in the Havana Peace Talks.
Her assassination, which occurred on September 6 at a time when Cecilia was located within her property, is a bad sign of trustworthiness in the development of peace-building in the territories. These events occur as we move towards the implementation of all mechanisms of the Bilateral Ceasefire and normalization of the territories.
This is not an isolated event, but rather part of long series of killings and threats against social leaders in the southwestern region of Colombia, which constitutes a serious humanitarian crisis that should raise concerns within the National Government, the Colombian people and the international community.
A Stable and Lasting Peace will not materialize if the targeted killing of civic and popular leaders persists.
These events demonstrate that it is urgent to immediately implement in the territories the measures agreed in the Security Guarantees point of the Final agreement.
From Havana, we send our compatriot condolences to the family of Cecilia Coicué as well as to her peers and the entire community of La Cominera. We request the immediate clarification of her assassination and expect concrete actions that would allow for all of us to say that these types of situations will not happen anymore.
National Secretariat of the High Command of the FARC-EP