Last week the country received the results of the latest bi-monthly poll of Gallup Colombia, in which 64% of the respondents took the view that the implementation of the peace agreements with the FARC is going down the drain. And 64% also agree that the National Government should resume dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Common sense indicates that it’s necessary to rectify the mistakes by which the State’s non-fulfilment has prevented implementation of the agreements signed with the FARC; and it also recommends that the Government should revive the peace talks with the ELN.
But the Democratic Centre Party Government continues to do the opposite, by allying with President Trump with the aim of extraditing FARC leaders who signed the peace agreements, using judicial subterfuge as an excuse. This is a conspiracy against peace which is just one more link in the chain of broken promises in relation to truth, justice, land, political reform, amnesty, productive projects, plans for the voluntary substitution of illegal crops, etc.
With regard to the ELN, this Government is keeping the dialogue on ice while intensifying large-scale military operations throughout its territory; and it also carries on a media war with “fake news” against us. At the same time it tells us not to take action in response to the offensive actions of its military and paramilitary forces.
The policy of ex-president Uribe’s followers is to destroy the peace efforts made in recent years. It aims to replace them with war against neighbouring countries and against peasants who cultivate coca; genocide against social leaders and to meet social protest with force; and to this end it increases further the war budget and reduces that for public education and health.
President Duque’s discourse is trying to convince Colombians, both women and men, that his peace project is aimed to rebuild the country on the basis of the 50,000 laws that already exist. This is a formality which avoids the heart of the problem, because the rule of law is developed through peace talks, not by war.
It is never too late to correct one’s mistakes and stop rushing towards the precipice which would cause the collapse of the peace agreement by an act of revenge, namely the extradition of the FARC leaders to the US, which in turn would have a terrible impact on the movement towards a political solution pursued by the ELN.
The formation of movements for peace by the majority of Colombians is a serious warning to Uribe and his followers who find it difficult to work for change and reconciliation. It is these millions of Colombians, women and men, who are exerting the pressure which may force the dominant elite to ignore Trump’s dictates and to think instead about the Colombian nation.
Colombian society can rely on the ELN to achieve the aims set forth in the Agenda for the talks: “To end the armed conflict and agree on changes to bring about a Colombia of peace and justice”.
When the talks with the ELN resume, a new bilateral ceasefire will be agreed, like that which lasted 101 days in late 2017, as a contribution to reduce right away the intensity of the conflict and give the country a humanitarian breathing-space.
We should not forget Pope Francis’s message on his visit to Colombia in 2017:
“Peace is an agreement to live together, a social and cultural pact…For justice and not revenge; for reparation through truth and not by forgetting”.
We hope the Pope reminded Duque’s family of this during their visit to the Vatican a week ago
original text : http://eln-voces.com/la-legalidad-se-construye-torno-la-paz/