Imelda Daza Cotes, a spokeswoman for the movement Voices for Peace, which brings together citizens in the defense of the peace agreement, made a historic intervention on Monday, December 19, in the Congress of the Republic in the debate on the approval of a draft amnesty and pardon bill for those in arms.
To achieve the signing of this Definitive Agreement, we Colombians have lived through more than seven decades of violence, half a century of open war, thirty-three years in peace processes, five years of debates in Havana, the disenchantment of the October 2 Plebiscite and the most historic effort to achieve the majority consensus of the nation.
In a letter addressed to President Santos, 40 MEPs from different political parties and groups supported the new peace agreement with the FARC and called for a speedy endorsement, keeping the victims at the center of the agreement.
Havana, Cuba, November 14, 2016
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP inform the public of the following:
On Monday the UN has set in motion the verification of the bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian State and the FARC-EP. The ceasefire has been called by the parties last August, in the last stage of the peace negotiations in Havana.
More than five hundred victims and human rights organizations, represented by different platforms, issued a statement to the delegations negotiating the agreements, reaffirming their support for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace agreed in Havana as a contribution to the fight against impunity.
The people of Colombia will march again on Wednesday, October 19, to demand the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement signed on 26 September by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP).