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Colombia: Government and FARC-EP Segunda Marquetalia begin peace talks

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Colombia: Government and FARC-EP Segunda Marquetalia begin peace talks

Bogota. The government of Colombian President Gustavo Petro and the armed rebel organization Farc-EP Segunda Marquetalia have announced the start of peace talks.

The joint communiqué is signed by Peace Commissioner Otty Patiño on behalf of the government and by Iván Márquez, Commander of the National Directorate of the Segunda Marquetalia.

Both sides declare their agreement in the search for peace and inform about the formal initiation of a dialogue process with the aim of concluding a peace agreement. They also announce that they will immediately develop preliminary agreements to de-escalate the armed conflict.

The communiqué further states that the negotiating parties want to “initiate transformations for the social and environmental construction of the territory, setting the agenda and the negotiation protocols.”

Norway, Cuba and Venezuela are requested to provide their good offices in the development of this peace process. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Colombia and the Colombian Episcopal Conference are asked to accompany him.

The Second Marquetalia is joined by the Pacific Guerrilla Coordination Committee and the so-called Border Commands to conduct peace negotiations with the government.

Government and FARC-EP Second Marquetalia also declare: “We agree on the need to carry out an orderly, rapid, consistent and respectful peace process that provides peace and security to Colombian society in a genuine commitment to a political solution and the building of peace gives”.

The two parties are expected to announce the agenda for the peace talks and the negotiation protocols and officially set up the dialogue table (mesa de diálogo) in the next few days.

Second Marquetalia is active in the departments of Meta, Putumayo, Huila, Nariño, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Caqueta, Bogotá as well as in the border regions with Ecuador and Venezuela. Several of its members signed the 2016 peace agreement between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the guerrilla organization Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc-EP).

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On August 29, 2019, Iván Márquez announced in a video the return of a group of former guerrillas to armed struggle and the creation of the Second Marquetalia. He denounced that the state had violated the peace agreements.

In addition to Márquez, several former FARC commanders were seen, such as Hernán Darío Velásquez, known as El Paisa, Seuxis Pausías Hernández (Jesús Santrich, who died in May 2021), Henry Castellanos Garzón (Romaña) and others who have served FARC in the past. leading blocks and mobile columns.

The organization declared its willingness to hold peace talks just three days after Petro’s election victory. They will support the left-wing government and want to negotiate “to stop the war,” she explained in one opinion.

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