Colombian Army Chief to Lead FARC Ceasefire Negotiations

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General Javier FlĂłrez, head of the Joint Chief of Staff of the military forces, will lead a military commission tasked with negotiating a bilateral ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

General Florez will head a military commission in charge with negotiating a bilateral ceasefire with the FARC.
General Florez will head a military commission in charge with negotiating a bilateral ceasefire with the FARC. (Webinfomil)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos made the announcement on Thursday, and said other members of the commission would soon be named as well.

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FlĂłrez carried out the military operation which killed FARC leader Jorge Briceño (AKA “Mono Jojoy”) in September 2010. The general also participated in the March 2008 bombing of a FARC camp located just over the border in the Ecuadorian jungle which killed the guerrilla army’s number two man, RaĂşl Reyes.

Florez will be accompanied in Havana by high-ranking members of Colombia’s Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police, all part of the subcommittee organized to discuss the ceasefire and the FARC’s transition back to civilian life, according to a statement from President Santos.

The special subcommittee will establish a timeline for an eventual disarmament and definitive ceasefire through a review and analysis of similar conflicts that were ended peacefully, according to a joint-statement provided on the FARC’s website.

Peace talks will recess on Friday and will resume for a renewed round of negotiation on September 1. Negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC have been ongoing since November 2012.

Sources: Infobae, Colombia Reports.

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