October 8, 2016
The Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP let it be known on Friday that they will keep on listening, "in a quick and efficient process" to different Colombian sectors to understand their concerns and quickly find a way out along the paths indicated by the constitutional Court, while reiterating the commitment of the parties to maintain the bilateral and definitive cease-fire.
Such assertions take place after the narrow victory of No in the referendum last Sunday, put into consideration the Colombian people the Integral and Definite Final Agreement, for ending the conflict and building a stable and lasting peace in that country.
The parties considered that the Final Agreement contains the necessary reforms and to lay the foundations of peace and ensure an end to the armed conflict, although they acknowledged that those who participated in the plebiscite were overwhelmingly in favor of No, that was a narrow margin, and they it appropriate to continue listening, in a quick and efficient process to different sectors of society, to understand their concerns and promptly define an exit along the paths indicated in the judgment of the Constitutional Court C-376 of 2016.
Communique No. 2, read to the press in Havana by Colombian former vice president Humberto de la Calle and Commander Ivan Marquez -the heads of delegations who worked for nearly four years to reach consensus signed peace in Havana - also specifies that the proposed adjustments and recommendations resulting from the process of addressing the concerns about the text, will be discussed between the government and the FARC-EP to assure all.
The parties also reaffirmed the commitment made by President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the FARC-EP, Timoleon Jimenez, to maintain the ceasefire, and monitoring and verification by the tripartite mechanism established for that purpose, and security guarantees and protection of communities in their territories.
In addition, to strengthen the ceasefire, the government and the guerrillas agreed to a Protocol aimed at preventing any incidents in areas (insurgent) in defined quadrants, and ensure a climate of security and tranquillity to the full implementation of all rules governing the ceasefire and hostilities, bilateral and definitive.
The delegations thanked the International Committee of the Red Cross for their continued support, Chile and Venezuela for their support and especially to Cuba and Norway for their hard and dedicated work in support of the construction of the peace agreements, their constant contribution to finding solutions in difficult times and readiness to continue supporting the process.
In a unilateral declaration, De la Calle said that after three days of talks with the FARC-EP in which they analyzed the results of the referendum day on October 2, they recognize that those who participated in the plebiscite were largely in favor of no, but by a few votes: an incontrovertible result will be respected, and it is also true that the other half of the country voted for the Yes´ and we honour their vote.
"If we want to build a real peace, we must seek the broadest possible consensus, we must seek union" he said, so he reiterated the desirability of continuing listening and understanding the concerns of different sectors of society and define an exit soon.
De La Calle considered that the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Juan Manuel Santos, announced on Friday, it is the voice of the world´s support for Colombia, the recognition of his leadership, persistence, the victims who participated in the process peace, and called the Prize as a force to move forward.
"So let´s hear the different sectors who participated in the elections, including those who voted Yes. Any adjustment or correction that is made to the Final Agreement shall be the result of a constructive dialogue between the delegations of the government and the FARC –EP, he reiterated.
For their part, Cuba and Norway, guarantor countries in the talks and whose representatives also attended the meeting with the press, reaffirmed in a statement their commitment to peace in Colombia and described the peace process as "solid, complex, and with a strong will of the parties. "
Cuba and Norway welcomed the efforts to build peace and supported the commitment of the parties to the adoption of measures to strengthen the ceasefire and of an end to hostilities, for the benefit of the Colombian people, and continue to develop confidence-building measures conducive to arrive without delay at a conclusive Final Peace Agreement.
The text states that both nations will continue to contribute in every possible way, in this new situation, at the request of the parties, to the end of the armed conflict and building a stable and lasting peace in Colombia.
Translated by ESTI