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Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00

FARC-EP ratifies Peace Agreements and sets new political perspectives

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FARC-EP approved Peace Agreement at the X National Guerrilla Conference that ended on Friday with the reading of the Political Declaration.

After a week of debates and meetings, the FARC-EP has announced the endorsement of the Peace Agreement reached in Havana between the guerrillas’ own Peace Delegation and the Government of President Juan Manuel Santos. The signing of the Final Peace Agreement will be a much publicized and medialized event and will take place in Cartagena on Monday 26. Many the international guests who will assist to this ceremony.

In the Political Declaration the FARC-EP underlines that the Conference was a very important and interesting act, marked by democratic participation and comradeship. The document points out that "after a thoughtful discussion [...] the Conference [...] has determined their entire approval [of Peace Agreements] 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 expect for the Government to act with due correspondence”.

The FARC-EP states the belief that the “Final Agreement has a great potential to open a political transition towards the transformation of the Colombian society, for its real democratization and materialization of its rights, especially the rights and well being of humbles women and men in the city and country, the working class and the communities”. The FARC-EP underlined that the “Final Agreement contains the minimum necessary to give continuity to our aspirations to the transformation of the current social order through political means”.

Likewise the organization announced that the foundation congress of the new political party the FARC-EP will convert itself in, will be held no later than May 2017, should agreements been implemented. The FARC-EP said they will work towards unity of the progressive, revolutionary and democratic sectors of the society and indicated the need for a Great Convergence, an instance which should be able to build social, popular and political power from the grassroots while at the same time contend power in institutional places of elections 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."

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