MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –
Source: The Left “The ‘announced resumption’ of the armed struggle by leaders of the former Colombian guerrilla organization FARC-EP is a major setback for the peace process in Colombia and jeopardizes the peace agreement in its entirety,” warns Heike Hänsel, vice-chair of the Die Left in the German Bundestag. Hänsel continued: “It should be noted that” the FARC-EP’s 2016 peace agreement was implemented through the complete demobilization and disbursement of weapons, while implementation was systematically sabotaged, particularly by the new government of President Iván Duque. The establishment of the Special Court, as well as the security guarantees for former FARC fighters and the left opposition in Colombia were not respected. On the contrary, 138 former FARC fighters and 16 relatives have been murdered within the last three years and more than 200 FARC political prisoners await their promised release. A member of the FARC was at times in extradition to the United States, contrary to special jurisdiction. The controversial spraying of cocaine with poison from the air was resumed instead of compensating small farmers for manual destruction, as agreed in the agreement. In addition, there are at least 626 targeted murders of leaders of social movements and indigenous communities, against which recently hundreds of thousands of people in Colombia took to the streets. The peace negotiations with the guerrilla organization ELN, which began before the change of government, were completely stopped. The possible reestablishment of a guerrilla movement in Colombia just three years after the peace agreement shows that the half-hearted UN policy has failed. The international community – including the federal government, which was very committed to the peace agreement – must be wondering why it has not put more pressure on the right-wing Duque government to force the implementation of the agreement. Instead, Colombian President Iván Duque became a political ally, along with far-right Brazilian President Bolsonaro, for a US-led regime change policy in Venezuela. The federal government must seize the initiative for a special session of the UN Security Council on the situation in Colombia and reorientate its Latin American policy if it wants to contribute seriously to peace in Colombia. “
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