FARC-EP and ELN: Social Justice and No violence

Both guerrilla groups emphasized on getting weapons out of politics, the multinational reported, which implies to stop the assasination of popular leaders

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2017-05-12 | 16:44:33 EST

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) stated in Havana that despite the differences in their respective negotiations with the Government, they keep diverse and complementary objectives to achieve social justice and to end the violence in their country.

For the first time in their history, leaders of the two Colombian guerrilla movements met in Havana to discuss their respective peace progress, in a meeting behind closed doors from which a joint communiqué was issued.

“We have initiated the joint dialogue for peace to add forces for a political solution” to the conflicts in Colombia, the guerrillas expressed in the text, according to Telesur, and said that the two movements agreed on the need to make the victims’ rights respected, and bring equity and dignity to Colombians.

ELN and FARC-EP undertook to continue to hold these meetings of joint work.

In his intervention after the meeting, ELN leader Nicolás Rodríguez said that paramilitarism is one of the most serious obstacles for peace in Colombia. “The number of social leaders assasinated is contrary to the spirit of peace the Government has expressed”, he said.

“Peace does not to have to be rhetorical but it has to be proved with deeds, even more in a country like Colombia, which has never had peace”, he said , and added: “We don’t see will in a frontal fight against paramilitarism.”

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