FARC-EP Affirms It Will Continue Defending Colombian Peace Process
Bogotá, March 29 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez said today that Colombian guerrillas will continue defending the peace process despite any setbacks and assured that together with the Government it will push for the implementation of the November pact.
The images of the guerrillas moving to the zones and transitory points (26 in total) have demonstrated our irreversible commitment to build peace and the recent meeting held in Cartagena de Indias with governmental officials will help accelerate the implementation of the joint agreements of the end of 2016, expressed the insurgent leader in statements to WRadio.
Jiménez commented that such a meeting that was also attended by President Juan Manuel Santos was summoned at an opportune moment to identify the difficulties of the so-called post-conflict or post-agreement period, and to propose solutions.
'Such a quote injected us with much more optimism, there we did an analysis of all the problems and we developed strategies to solve them,' he said.
The head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) reiterated that this movement has complied with the provisions of the Final Agreement signed on November 24, despite inconveniences such as the delays of the Government in the modification of the temporary camps for former combatants.
As for the disarmament procedure (to be completed by the end of May), Jiménez said that the United Nations is registering all the weapons in the hands of that guerrilla, the largest in the country, and denied that there are any warehouses with some kind of weaponry in Venezuelan territory.
We do not have operations there, nor weapon warehouses, nor training zones, he emphasized.
In the interview granted this morning to WRadio radio station the FARC-EP commander said that they are developing a process of dialogue, of rapprochement, with the so-called groups of dissidents, aided by intermediaries.
Finally, he once again insisted on the need for a transitional government committed to the peace process, starting in 2018 when Santos' mandate ends, on the importance of choosing an administration that guarantees the implementation of everything agreed to end the conflict and build a detente scenario on solid foundations.
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