24 March 2014
Havana, Cuba - The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, People's Army, read a statement today about the petitions of the National Agrarian Summit, presented to the government.
The participants of the Summit warned that if the government doesn't meet their demands, they'll enter in strike on March 28, 2014, that is, within one month.
Some of the peasants' petitions happen to be the pending points (called "salvedades" in Spanish) of the peace dialogues between the FARC-EP and the government in Havana. These are issues that are still to be discussed, but which have been put into a freezer, in order not to obstruct the development of the dialogues.
One of those important issues is the recognition of the Peasant Reserve Zones, as well as the review of economic policies, which should be based on sovereignty, planning and environmental sustainability.
After reading the statement, Marcole?n Calarc?, the spokesman in charge, opened space for questions.
The journalists asked for more information about the death of the two policemen in Meta, to which Calarc? responded:
"Not only two policemen have died in Colombia. There are a lot of deaths, and an essential part of the peace talks in Havana is to finish with this. When time has come, without hurry and in a reasonable way, the organization will pronounce about this particular event again".