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Peace Day on Anniversary of Peace Agreement

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H. Durango writes: Personalities of the Colombian political and social life have called for a national day for life, the fulfillment of peace agreements and national dignity to be staged on 24 November.


The call will have as epicenter and stage the Teatro Colón, emblematic place where the Peace Agreement was signed as a result of long talks held in Havana, Cuba, between the National Government and the FARC-EP.

According to the call a group of women and men seriously worried about the moment the peace process is going through have met in Bogota last Friday and have decided to organise this action.

"While it is encouraging that the cessation of hostilities with the FARC has meant an absolute decrease in deaths due to violent causes, - said the statement - and it is also encouraging to see that the scenario of peace is consolidated by the dialogue with the ELN, it never ceases to surprise that with absolute irresponsibility some parliamentarians and other high State officials are engaged in putting obstacles to the normative development of the peace agreements that already offer effective results”.

The writers warn that there are those who seek to maintain confrontation alive by mobilizing fear and hatred, a nefarious legacy of seventy years of war. "We are sure - they state - that these preachers of intolerance are not the majority of our people. We are encouraged by the certainty that the war can not be reinstated in our country”.

The document is signed by Ángela María Robledo, Camilo Castellanos, Medófilo Medina, Antonio Madariaga, Jaime Díaz, Agustín Jiménez, María José Pizarro, Oscar Londoño, José Antequera, Elizabeth Martínez, Román Vega, Sabina Rodríguez, Javier Serrano, Hernán Darío Correa, Diana Arbeláez, Víctor Saidiza , Libardo Herreño, María Imelda Ramírez, Félix Torres, Mario Hernández, Andreive Pinzón, Alejandra Mantilla and Jesús Aníbal Suárez.

“We hope - the organisers of the event say - that on November 24, at the Teatro Colón, we can appeal to the national opinion, to be a voice of alarm for what the country would be in the throes of losing at this juncture, while at the same time call for more actions”.

The organizers have established commissions that will be in charge of advancing the dialogue with the churches, establishing the relationship with the world of politics, holding meetings with artists, writers and journalists and to advance some commitments on the part of social movements.

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