Colombia News, the FARC are preparing to launch their political party
Colombia News :”We made peace to participate in politics,” said the country’s largest guerrilla, which signed a peace deal with the government in November and will launch its party in September.
A political party for the FARC. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country’s biggest guerrilla group that signed a peace deal with the government in November 2016, announced on Monday (July 24th) that they would launch their political party on 1 September.
“We made peace to participate in politics,” FARC chief negotiator Ivan Marquez told a press conference of FARC commander Carlos Antonio Lozada.
The FARC signed last November a peace agreement with the government of Juan Manuel Santos, ending a conflict of fifty-three years. The 7,000 guerrillas of the organization ended their surrender on June 27 under the control of the United Nations. The peace agreement, concluded after four years of negotiations in Cuba, foresees the transformation of the FARC into a political party.
FARC Congress in August
The name and political line of the new party must be decided at a FARC congress in August, shortly before a visit to Colombia by Pope Francis, scheduled from 6 to 11 September to celebrate peace and reconciliation in the country.
The government of Juan Manuel Santos also began peace talks in Quito, Ecuador, in February with the National Liberation Army (ELN, Guevarist), the last rebel group still active in Colombia.
In more than half a century, the complex Colombian armed conflict has involved about thirty guerrillas, paramilitary militias of extreme right, officially demobilized since 2006, and the police forces, causing at least 260,000 deaths, more 60,000 missing and 7.1 million displaced.