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Political Declaration of the X National Guerrilla Conference

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Political Declaration

X National Guerrilla Conference – Comandante Manuel Marulanda Vélez

The war is over, let´s all build peace!

The delegate guerrillas of all structures of the FARC-EP throughout the national territory that came from the depths of Colombia, gathered at the X Conference that was held from the 17th to the 23rd of September this year at Brisas del Diamante in the Savannas of Yarí, send to the Colombian people and society in general our fraternal and cordial compatriot greeting. At the same time we declare that:

We have carried out a beautiful and transcendental Conference amidst the broadest democratic participation and camaraderie, which has reasserted the coherence and internal unity of our organization. We highlight the nourished and active participation of our female guerrillas and young political leaders.

After a thoughtful discussion on the Agreements of Havana, Cuba, Territory of Peace, reached between the FARC-EP and the Government of Colombia for the termination of the conflict and construction of a stable and lasting peace, the Conference, our highest decision-making stance, has determined their entire approval and instructs all block structures and fronts, our leaders, the guerrillas, militiamen and all our FARC-EP militancy, for these to be embraced and respected. We have thus endorsed our unrestricted commitment to the fulfillment of all that has been agreed. Likewise, we expect for the Government to act with due correspondence.

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We are convinced that the Final Agreement contains a great potential for the opening of a political transition towards the transformation of Colombian society, for its real democratization and the realization of its rights, and especially for the well-being and welfare of the humble women and men of the countryside and the cities, the working-class, ethnic peoples, indigenous and of African descent, the LGBTI population, and especially the youth and our future generations. We call upon them to embrace and protect the agreements, to make them theirs, to accompany and demand their implementation. Joint efforts will achieve the common goals of consolidating the prospect of a peace with social justice, national reconciliation and advanced democracy for the New Colombia.

The Final Agreement reached in Havana, Cuba, contains the minimums necessary to give through political forms continuity to our historical aspirations for the transformation of the existing social order. For this reason, we decided to take on the necessary disposals for the transit of our political-military structure towards a new political party whose founding congress will be held at the latest by May 2017 if the agreements are implemented as agreed. It will be the Party’s function to continue our strategic political purposes for the social construction of power for the people. The Conference empowers the National Leadership of the FARC-EP to convene a plenary session of the Central High Command and define the broadening of the new leadership that will have in charge the preparation of the Congress, the political program, the statutes and the political line, as well as the organizational and operating conditions.

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We are committed to provide all our strength and energy for the unity of progressive, democratic and revolutionary sectors of the country, as well as the political and social movements, the many sectoral and vindictive organizations at national, regional and local levels. We want to be part of a Great National Convergence that covers the spectrum of social and popular struggles, that advocates for real political, economic, social and cultural democratization of the country, and whose platform, organizational foundations and coordination must be the result of a collective elaboration. The Great Convergence must have the ability to build social, political and popular power from below, and at the same time dispute the power of the State in the institutional spaces of election and representation.

We will work towards a new Government of peace construction and national reconciliation through the definition of a minimum program, which in addition to a commitment with the implementation of the Final Agreement; it will gather the most immediate felt social aspirations of the population.

We convene to materialize the calling "to all parties, political and social movements and all live forces of the country to realize a major national political agreement to define the reforms and institutional adjustments needed to meet the challenges that peace demands, initiating a new framework of political and social coexistence" as stated in the Final Agreement. The favorable conditions for that purpose are in the drive to an open constitutional process that leads to the convening and realization of a National Constituent Assembly.

The war is over, let´s all build peace!

Brisas del Diamante, Savannas del Yari, September 23, 2016

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