Santos and Londoño, meeting in Paris to talk about peace

What is the balance of the Peace Agreements? What has been done well? What remains to be done? Was this what you both imagined? These are some of the questions that the former president Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, leader of the Comunes political party and who was the number one of the FARC guerrilla, will respond in the Senate of France.

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The appointment coincides with the celebration of the five years of the Peace Agreement, which put an end to half a century of armed confrontation between the Colombian State and that armed group.

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The Nobel Peace Prize winner and whoever made himself known as Timochenko will participate in Paris in the World Forum for Peace, to take stock of its implementation, challenges and challenges.

It is reported that the event will be attended by students, teachers, delegates from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomats and journalists.

At the meeting, a balance will be made of the fifth anniversary of the Peace Agreement and of relations with the President’s Government Ivan Duque.

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International support for peace in Colombia will also be discussed. In particular the chapters of gender and ethnic. The situation of the Communes Party and the political participation contemplated in the Agreement will be discussed.

A year ago, Santos and Timochenko sealed the peace agreement with this handshake, at the ceremony at the Colón theater.

The hearing in the Senate will also have the participation of the senator of the Communes Party, Sandra Ramírez. In this space, the Parliament will address the issue of Comprehensive Rural Reform, in addition to the general balance of the Agreement five years after it was signed.

According to Londoño, in the forum “the unwavering commitment of the ex-combatants of the disappeared FARC-EP to peace will be ratified and the support of the international community will be appreciated, in the comprehensive implementation of the agreement.”

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A few days ago, in an interview with EL TIEMPO to the question of how has people’s lives been in the process of reinstatement in these 5 years ?, Londoño replied:

“We are more than 13,000 signatories of the agreement. The circumstances in which we have lived are not the best. There is a socioeconomic situation that for the vast majority is extremely difficult. But the most complex situation is that of the murders of the signatories, this phenomenon difficult, which is also accompanied by what happens with social leaders. “

Signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016

Aspect of the signing of the Peace Agreement at the Teatro Colón, four years ago, between the Colombian State and the FARC guerrillas.


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“There is this situation that has been generated due to the non-implementation of the agreement. If it had been implemented from the beginning, from the Santos government, everything that was raised in the agreement, in its spirit and in its letter, we would have managed to attack the causes or conditions that have now been generated for the signatories and social leaders to be assassinated.Those mafias that exist in the regions, those interests, most of them illegal, try to stop the peace process by assassinating signatories and leaders. Responsibility does fall on the Colombian State because the State must guarantee the life, not only of us but of all Colombians, “added Londoño Echeverri.

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