STATEMENT ON THE FINAL PEACE AGREEMENT IN COLOMBIA
The Party of the European Left expresses its joy for the signing of the "Final agreement for the termination of conflict and the construction of a stable and durable peace", signed in La Havana, Cuba the 24th of August 2016 between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government.
We would also like to acknowledge the role of the architects of this agreement after the first meeting of the conversation table on the 18th of October 2012 in Oslo an the vital role played by Cuba and Norway as leading countries as well as of Venezuela and Chile as accompanying countries.
The implementation of the far-reaching agreement, which needs to be ratified by a referendum in Colombia in October, has, besides the construction of peace and national reconciliation, the people as its main beneficiary. This agreement between the government and the FARC has to be integrated into society especially into the organized sectors so that it will have a positive impact on the immediate development. At the same time the dismantling of para-militarism as well as the accomplices in the state apparatus is pending.
The final agreement pays special attention to the fundamental rights of all vulnerable social groups, to land ownership and its concentration, to the exclusion of the peasantry and the backwardness of the rural communities which affects women and children especially, and addresses development and improvement of living conditions.
In it also 6 more vital points are gathered like the comprehensive rural reform, the political participation with a democratic openness to construct peace, the bilateral and definite case of fire and hostilities and the laying down of arms, a proposal on a solution regarding the problem of illicit drugs, a comprehensive agreement dedicated to the victims, as well as how the agreement shall be implemented through a follow-up and implementation commission.
The EL hopes and trusts that a positive agreement, helping to build peace, can also be concluded with the other rebel group - the ELN.
The transformation of the FARC into a movement without will undoubtedly help constructing the project of a strong left, which shall brain soon be able to construct - from the streets as well as through the ballot boxes - a new country with the human being as focal point.
Maite Mola EL International