Truth Commission Needed for Peace in Colombia

The 38th cycle of dialogue between the parties has started with new working methods to speed up the process

By: Yaile Balloqui Bonzón


2015-07-24 | 18:47:45 EST
Starting a new cycle of dialogue, for which new methodologies previously agreed to make the work of the negotiating table more viable, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) called on the Colombian government for the urgent installation of a Truth Commission.

In order to advance the issue of reparations for victims it is necessary "to take the truth as the basis for the construction of any system of justice," they said in a statement read by Commander Joaquin Gomez in Havana, where the conversations are taking place with the Colombian government.

The most urgent, said the guerrilla, is to install the configuration of the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non Repetition Commission before the end of November.

The parties agreed on the creation of that body on June 4, but decided that it would be implemented after the signing of the peace and was conceived as an independent and impartial mechanism of an extrajudicial nature.

The commission would have as a foundation to compensate the victims, who are those at the centre of discussions at the table for several months.

The success of the objectives of the negotiations will have to go through the reparation of the victims, said the insurgency. "If the truth pure and clean it is the best way to persuade, we begin to know this from now, through the mouths of the actors in the conflict and the victims, like a huge wave of de-escalation. And of course it is clear the files must be opened," they said.

Elsewhere in his speech at the start of this 38th cycle of peace talks, the guerrillas said that both sides will negotiate, at this stage, with a new methodology that aims to carry out a technical, comprehensive and simultaneous work on the treatment of the issues and the prompt search for conclusions.

After a new waver in the peace talks caused by the escalation of the conflict on one side or the other, the parties agreed in July on the de-escalation of the war, the basis was the unilateral declaration of ceasefire by the FARC EP and the Government's commitment to reduce hostilities.

Within four months, the government said then, they would make assessments on the results of this new process and its prospects.

For this new cycle they also announced changes in the composition of 17 members of the peace delegation of the guerrillas, but have not yet announced the names of the new members. But the rebel high command said that this rotation does not affect any member of the Secretariat of the FARC-EP.

Meanwhile, from Bogota, it was learned that a group of UN experts are ready to travel to Havana to take part, as requested by the guerrillas and the government, in the technical Subcommittee negotiating point three of the agenda on the end of the conflict.

Through a statement, the United Nations said the support will be given in order to help start the discussion on the monitoring and verification of a bilateral ceasefire, said the statement.

The participation of representatives of the UN, as well as delegates from the Uruguayan government was requested by the parties last week.

Translated by ESTI

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