The Sao Paulo Forum has enthusiastically accompanied the achievement of the Peace Agreement in our sister Republic of Colombia, signed last November 24 in Bogotá, ending 53 years of war and several frustrated attempts at negotiation.
We greet the categorical decision of the FARC-EP to fully comply with the agreements during the first seven months of its implementation, which have allowed the conclusion of the historical lay down of weapons of the insurgency, certified by the UN Security Council, and has shown its will to transform itself into a party or open and legal political movement by the end of August.
We emphasize that the peace agreement contains substantial elements to democratize the country through the opening of the political and social system, comprehensive rural reform, the substitution of illicit crops concerted with the peasantry, the search for truth, justice and reparation of the victims of the armed conflict through the creation of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, and the guarantees of personal and collective security for combatants in reincorporation to the political, social, economic and cultural life, that demand a high commitment of the Colombian State to guarantee a stable and lasting peace.
In this regard, we note with concern the delays and tardiness of the Colombian institutionality in the task of implementing and complying with the Havana Agreement, as it is happening with the Amnesty and Pardon Law, which, despite being in force for 7 months , has not yet been effectively implemented, to the extent that about 1600 FARC guerrillas are still in prisons, a situation that has forced political prisoners to develop a hunger strike, putting their lives at stake despite having been amnestied in paper, which is something that has been generating an environment of instability and risk of the whole peace process.
Therefore, the Sao Paulo Forum endorses the demands of the United Nations, demanding that the Colombian State immediately remedy these delays by releasing the guerrillas, guaranteeing their life and security, as well as that of the social and popular movement which calls for the dismantling of paramilitarism.
We also urge the Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) to advance in the search for agreements that will lead the country to a complete peace, as demanded by the Colombian people.
From Managua, the member parties of the Sao Paulo Forum reaffirm our strong support for the peace process in Colombia and request President Juan Manuel Santos to honor the agreements, thus honoring the pledge of the Colombian State.
Long live the Peace of Colombia that nurtures the dream of making our region an area of Peace.