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Colombian Officials to Begin Negotiation of New FARC Peace Deal in Cuba

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Oct 18, 2016, 11:48 am
Humberto de la Calle, chief negotiator for the government, will deliver the proposals to FARC (Flickr)
Humberto de la Calle, chief negotiator for the government side, will deliver the proposals to FARC (Flickr)

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Former Colombian Vice President Humberto de la Calle is set to travel to Havana this week to continue FARC peace renegotiations.

On Wednesday, October 19, he will meet with officials to discuss proposals to revise the FARC peace agreement, which was voted down by the Colombian people in the referendum.

A new document will be presented to FARC negotiators with 26 new proposals spearheaded by the former President and Senator Alvaro Uribe Velez. Uribe was, many critics said, the voice of the “no” campaign.

One highlight of the document is the elimination of the Special Court for Peace (JEP) that consists of a special tribunal for judging the guerrillas. It would theoretically have rewarded them for telling the truth about their crimes. In addition, it would have given them amnesty and pardon for those who have committed crimes against humanity.

To replace it, Senator Uribe proposed a model of transitional justice that is already practiced by existing courts. However, providing amnesty and pardon to rank and file guerrillas who had not committed crimes against humanity has not been removed for the agreement.

In addition, he asked that the drug trade and FARC hand over all drug routes. He also wants all information related to laboratories and the money collected from drug trading.

The proposal of Alvaro Uribe is an addition to that of conservative ex-President Andres Pastrana, who reportedly agrees with the JEP. However, he said only cases from the last two years should be investigated and tried.

A group of victims asked that FARC free the hostages is its possession. They also reportedly want illegally recruited minors freed and the coordinates of the remains or whereabouts of missing people.

Source: RCN Radio

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.