Colombia’s Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Peace issued a joint assertion on Friday with the Second Marquetalia, formally initiating a dialogue geared toward reaching a peace settlement with the armed group. This initiative is consistent with the peace policy established by the Total Peace Law promoted by Colombian President Gustavo Petro. The regulation permits the federal government to barter peace agreements with organized armed teams working exterior the regulation to realize a secure and lasting peace within the nation, which has struggled with greater than 5 many years of inside armed battle.
The joint assertion emphasised that the Colombian authorities and the Second Marquetalia have agreed to instantly provoke preliminary agreements for the de-escalation of battle and the implementation of transformations aimed on the social and environmental improvement of the territory. In that regard, it said:
Underneath the precept of the broadest participation, complementarity, impulse and help to the dynamics and peace processes underway on the nationwide stage, the Second Marquetalia offers the best significance to the group and implementation of Peace Territories, as a part of its coverage of integral peace, with social justice and true democracy (translated from Spanish).
The said focus is on defining the agenda and negotiation protocols. The 2 events will search the collaboration of the Governments of the Republic of Cuba, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to facilitate the event of this course of. The Particular Consultant of the Secretary Normal of the United Nations in Colombia and the Episcopal Convention of Colombia are additionally invited to lend their help.
The Second Marquetalia is assessed as one of many residual organized armed teams that emerged from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Folks’s Military (FARC-EP). These rebel teams are composed primarily of former FARC-EP combatants who selected to not adhere to the 2016 peace settlement signed between the Colombian authorities and the FARC-EP. On this regard, on August 29, 2019, Luciano Marín, often known as “Iván Márquez,” announced by a video on the YouTube platform the return to arms of a gaggle of ex-combatants, marking the creation of the “Second Marquetalia.” Márquez justified this return by citing the “betrayal of the state within the peace accords.
There’s worldwide curiosity in mediating peace. Cuban International Minister Bruno Rodríguez stated on X (previously Twitter) that Cuba accepted the invitation to help the peace dialogue course of. The International Minister emphasised Cuba’s unwavering dedication to peace in Colombia. Norway has beforehand been concerned in peace and reconciliation efforts, working to facilitate dialogue between totally different governments and Colombian guerrilla teams, together with the FARC-EP and the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN). Moreover, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro beforehand agreed to behave as a “guarantor” in negotiations between the Colombian authorities and the ELN guerrilla group to realize a peace settlement.