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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

"I can´t do anything more satisfying than to contribute to end the conflict"

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Source: Contagio Radio

Attorney, Enrique Santiago is one of the architects of the Final Peace Agreement, which ends with more than 50 years of conflict in Colombia. He affirms that it has been one of the most satisfying jobs of his life and that the real strength of the agreement was the decision to end the violence as well as the collective work that was performed during these 4 years of peace talks. “I certainly hope that the cycle of violence reaches its closure”.

 “The will to end the violence is what the final agreement achieved” says the attorney who was adviser to the Peace Process and one of the main architects of the Special Jurisdiction of Peace, which is one of the most advanced in the world in terms of agreements of peace. Regarding the Special Jurisdiction for Peace various national and international entities have assured that it allows the advancement of the legal system towards one based on the possibility of restoring the damage caused by activities performed outside the law.

Enrique Santiago said that the implementation is up to the Colombian people, and notes that a "relay to the negotiating table" is necessary, since according to the attorney, everyone is going to "pull their sleeves up" and start working on the implementation of these agreements. He adds that he hopes that resource investment on destruction stops in order to start construction.

Regarding the amnesty, he states that the procedure is enrolled in the urgent processing procedure of the legislative act for peace, which would start the day after the referendum as long as the expressed will be favorable to the treaty. Before the enforcement of the legal framework for peace, an immediate release mechanism has been agreed for those convicted or accused of belonging to the insurgency and for people who have been accused but don’t recognize themselves as such. These measures will be implemented simultaneous to the process of decommissioning of weapons.

Also, there´s a very important measure that has to do with the differential treatment to women in poverty who have family responsibilities and who were forced to commit minor crimes related to drug trafficking, in this regard, this group of women and peasants, arrested in the exercise of social protest and accused of rebellion have a point to gain in that agreement.

Enrique Santiago concluded that these four years of work have been very hard and that mass media played a role of distortion on what was really happening in the Peace Talks, therefore, the work of those who did assume the defense of the right to peace played a crucial role in reaching the Final Agreement.

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