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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:12

Words by Timoleón Jiménez

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Well known health reasons oblige me to stay in Havana, where the warm hospitality of the government provide for my treatment and therapies needed for a full recovery.

It is for this reason that I am unable to attend this event.

But let this be an occasion to share some reflexions.

First of all my gratitude to the tripartite mechanism for its responsible and effective work. Despite small problems, the commitment of the two parties involved in the conflict has led to the agreement to end this very conflict and in this achievement the mechanism has played an important role.

Doubts cannot be risen about how the FARC has kept their word. Our unities moved to the Transitional Zones despite the delays of the National Government in ensuring the living conditions agreed upon. Well passed the deadline many of the Zones are still to be completed. The process of abandonment of arms has been carried out with maximum good faith and in the same way we published the inventory of our war economy.

We are a political party that begins to work in a legal framework, without any weapon but our voice. Soon a new UN Mission will begin, its main task being ensuring the Colombian State comply with its obligation and commitments. I fear this Mission, contrary to today’s comments, will indeed have a huge work to do.

There are hundreds of our prisoners still in jail, despite the amnesty and freedom laws and decrees. The safety guarantees to life and exercise of social protest and politics, meticulously detailed in the Final Agreement, have not been put in place and the killings of social and popular leaders, as well as of our reinserted militants, are happening by the day. The ESMAD keeps repressing citizens.

Peasants’ demonstrations are increasing because of the official repression of their crops, ignoring the Agreement signed in Havana and the agreements with communities’ official representatives on the issue. The National Government openly ignore the role of people in the Development Plans with Territorial Approach. The political reform sails between serious hostilities and dirty tricks threatening to sink it.

Agreed mechanisms to promulgate legislative reforms crucial to the implementation have been object of serious institutional mutilations. The Attorney General busies itself in putting any kind of obstacles to the creation of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, as well as to the Special Unit that should be in charge of the judicial investigations on paramilitarism and its links.

Several official measures aim to disarticulating and damaging our unity in the Territorial Spaces of Education and Reincorporation (ETCR). We are warned about an imminent withdrawal of food and basic services, included for tutors in charge of education. Green light is denied to production projects that will ensure the subsistence of our people, as well as the delivery of lands in which those projects are meant to be implemented.

A true campaign of hatred and smearing is being lashed against us. The reconciliation we dreamed of is being stranded, pushed down by those committed to deny us a space in Colombia. It is as if the end of conflict and the building of a just a lasting peace had not been agreed.

Therefore I wanted to rise a voice of alarm.

Colombian people and the international community cannot allow peace being denied to our land.

We have walked a long way, enemies of a different country cannot be allowed to win.

Bogotà, 22 September 2017

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