The National Reincorporation Council (CNR Spanish acronym), following the measures defined in section 188.8.131.52 "Reincorporation for minors" of the Final Agreement, and as a result of the joint commitment between the National Government and the FARC-EP, informs that:
September 11, 2016
We feel pleased to inform the country that yesterday, a first group of 13 minors, who were in our camps in the department of Antioquia, was handed over to the ICRC.
With regard to recent pronouncements made by state institutions on the subject of children under 15 who are in the camps of the FARC-EP, we declare that the delay was due to a disagreement of the two parties at the peace talks, not just one. The parties are committed to define the details of the protocol for their departure in the coming days.
Havana, Cuba, June 25, 2016
Under the "Agreement on the withdrawal of minors under 15 from camps of the FARC-EP and commitment to the development of a roadmap for the exit of all other minors and a special comprehensive program for their attention”, the parties to the talks held the second meeting with the Technical Committee in compliance with the agreed timetable.
Havana, Cuba, May 19, 2016
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP, within the context of the Agreement on minors announced this past 15 of May, today have established a Technical Committee responsible for elaborating the protocol for the withdrawal of minors under the age of 15 from the FARC-EP camps, as well as the transitional plan to receive them.
Opinion articles and different features on (forced) recruitment of children in the FARC-EP, demonstrate a lack of knowledge of the guerrillas by many. In other cases, it shows a clear intention to mislead it.
May 15, 2016
Leader of the Peace Delegation Iván Márquez spoke some words today on the agreement made between government and guerrilla about the withdrawal of minors from FARC-EP camps.
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP have reached an "Agreement on the withdrawal of minors under 15 from camps of the FARC-EP and commitment to the development of a roadmap for the exit of all other minors and a special comprehensive program for their attention”.
It is clear that in Colombia the lack of education, opportunity and hope, generate a scenario in which children and young people end up in social marginality, exhibiting their physical and psychological integrity, or they become an easy prey for war.
"Enough lies about forced recruitment by FARC"
In a press release read by Comandante Iv?n M?rquez, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP, explaining the context and national reality experienced by thousands of children in Colombia, announced that from now on, it won?t incorporate minors under 17 in the ranks of the guerrilla movement.