We can only welcome President Santos' decision to suspend the aerial spraying with glyphosate. A sound if belated decision.
Report from Havana, Cuba: April 30, 2015
"Spraying with glyphosate doesn?t fit into new anti-drug policy"
The Peace Delegation responded from Havana to the statements made by Attorney General Alejandro Ord??ez, who recently claimed that the suspension of aerial sprayings with glyphosate would favor drug-trafficking in Colombia.
Havana, Cuba, May 16, 2014. End of round 25 of the peace talks.
A new partial agreement on the third topic under discussion, "Solution to the problem of illicit drugs," has just been manufactured at the peace talks in Havana, shortening distances to the goal of peace in Colombia.
Havana, Cuba - The FARC-EP talked about the historical truth of the conflict and of the substitution of illicit crops, emphasizing the fact that the positions of the different social organizations present at the Agrarian Summit coincide with its proposals and demands.
Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, February 28, 2014
The war agenda of the Colombian government
The sinister face of the geopolitical alliance between Washington and Bogot? appears once again, after the release of the agenda of the minister of war, Juan Carlos Pinz?n, about his participation in the "High Level Dialogue on security" with the CIA and the Department of State.
Several issues are noteworthy here, and generate more doubt and mistrust about if the Colombian government is sincerely considering internal peace and good relations with its neighbors.
While discussing the post-conflict, apart from maintaining the high rates of military spending, they are requiring more support to increase the war, specifically looking for new subsidies for the so-called Plan 'Sword of Honor 2', which aims at the annihilation of the guerrillas Blocks of the FARC.
It is clear that the government runs a double standard. They have two different agendas to determine the destiny of the country. Apart from Havana's Agenda of peace, the agenda of war continues being plotted, in dark collusion with the US government.
Perhaps in response to the criticism against the prohibitionist, punitive and military treatment of the war on drugs, raised by many academic and scientific sectors around the world, who come to the conclusion that it has failed, President Santos spoke about the need to rethink this policy, which has caused the deepening of the conflict in our country, forced displacement and environmental degradation, among others. However, contrarily to everything that is being discussed today in Havana, in Pinz?n's agenda appears - as a first-order issue - the component of combating drug trafficking within the framework of military counterinsurgency campaigns, including Washington's interventionism.
Being known that the United States only carries out aerial spraying if the countries with presence of illicit crops ask for it, it is the height of submission for the government of Colombia to beg them to continue with the spraying of Monsanto's Agent Orange in our countryside.
Are they definitely planning to ignore the rejection of this criminal fumigation, expressed by rural people through proposals and protests? As he did with the Ecuadorian people affected by fumigation at the border, instead of keep on poisoning Colombia's countryside, the Santos government should also compensate the campesinos affected in our country.
In Pinz?n's war agenda, it is clear once again, that there is unilateralism regarding issues that are being discussed at the Havana peace talks.Aspects of transitional justice, dealing with benefits for army officers who are involved in crimes against humanity and allusions to the future of the insurgency, are addressed at the parallel imperial talks, which in the end seems to be charting the policies and decisions of our counterpart.
If the Bogot? government is so interested in the US blessing, the FARC-EP insist on the participation of a representative of the government of this country in the peace talks.
When talking about peace, the government and its ministry of war must leave ambiguity aside, as well as the hypocritical diplomacy of the good neighbor and act with transparency. It is not right to continue scheming, and not only from Bogota, but also from Washington, against a country like Venezuela, which has diligently and selflessly accompanied the peace process, doing everything that's within their power to achieve the reconciliation of the Colombian people.
How can it be understood that while Foreign Affairs carries out cooperation meetings with Venezuelan authorities, they secretly ask support from Washington to increase the military forces' capacity, with the preposterous claim that in the future there might arise a scenario of confrontation with Venezuela or Nicaragua?
Hopefully the coordination meetings of the defense ministers of the Pacific Alliance - U.S. and Canada - promoted by Colombia, won't end up becoming a kind of neo-colonial strategy, which affects the peace of the neighborhood, recently advocated by the CELAC.
Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP
"Glyphosate: powerful chemical weapon of transnational power"
"A crime against humanity"
It's no casualty that Agent Orange and Glyphosate have been used in two wars led by the United States, and both are produced by the multinational Monsanto. Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam War as a weapon of war and glyphosate is used in Colombia for the same purpose.
Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, February 5, 2014
Anti-drug policy for sovereignty and good living conditions for the rural poor
Immediate suspension of aerial spraying glyphosate and integral reparation to victims
In development of the general guidelines of the "Anti-drug policy for sovereignty and good living conditions for the rural poor", the FARC-EP present four minimum proposals, related to the fifth item: "Immediate suspension of aerial spraying with glyphosate and comprehensive compensation to victims":
?About eavesdroppings and threats against social leaders?
Havana, Cuba - The head of the FARC-EP Peace Delegation, Iv?n M?rquez, began his comments this morning with a document on the aerial sprayings with glyphosate, called Immediate suspension of aerial spraying with glyphosate and integral reparation to victims. These so-called fumigations should be halted immediately, according to the insurgency, for they
"have proved to be harmful for food sovereignty, life, health and environment".
After 15 February, the aerial sprayings are starting again throughout the whole country, which the guerrilla movement believes violates the spirit of the proposals recently presented by the FARC-EP.
The guerrilla fighters consider that the victims of the fumigations should be registered and compensated, including the victims from Ecuador, where fumigations have been carried out on the border with Colombia.
They should be considered "victims of the conflict" and they should be compensated with resources from the failed US war on drugs in our country.
Iv?n M?rquez read a second document today with the title "In Defense of Peace", in which the FARC-EP summarizes all the threats, murders and imprisonments carried out against social and political leaders in Colombia. Once more, the guerrilla movement makes clear that the partial agreements are one thing; the reality is something completely different.
"It seems like governance has entered into crisis; the regime is immersed in chaos".
Afterwards, the journalists who where present at the entrance of the International Convention Center in Havana, asked some questions. Hot news in Colombia is the eavesdropping carried out against the negotiating team of the government here in Havana. M?rquez, in the first place, made clear that the spying is not only done against the government representatives, but mostly against the Peace Delegation of the insurgency.
He qualified these events as "serious" and stressed that the government should take measures against the ones who are responsible, in such a way that the country feels that there are no doubts about its willingness to punish the perpetrators.
"Of course, Uribe is behind all this", emphasized M?rquez. "He is enemy number one of peace in Colombia".
1. What do the FARC think about the vision of the government that after a peace deal the FARC could work as coca eradicators or work on other activities to reduce coca cultivation in Colombia?
The first thing I should point out is that the FARC is a political and military organization whose primary purpose is the establishment of true democracy, peace with social justice and sovereignty.