The effect of this de jure amnesty is the immediate and definitive release of those who, being deprived of freedom, have benefited from this measure.
Regarding the number of FARC-EP guerrillas, militiamen and collaborators who could benefit from the amnesty, legal adviser to the peace team, Enrique Santiago, says that it could be in somewhere in the range of 2,500 to 3,000. Contagio Radio
In an interview with El Espectador, FARC leader Pastor Alape discusses the task of demining Colombia. He said that FARC has created a demining group, Humanicemos, which would eventually gather between 900 and 1,500 members. El Espectador
As with any political party, FARC will be able to field candidates for president and for the Congress in next year's elections. They will receive state funding for their operations and campaigns. This is included in the draft of a bill that will be presented Wednesday to the House by Minister of the Interior, Juan Fernando Cristo. This is FARC's actual move from insurgent group to a political movement as was agreed in Havana with the insurgents. El Tiempo
Encouraging news from the Ministry of Defense. Carlos M. Pérez, a 32-year-old member of the Urban Antiterrorist Special Forces, was released last week from the military Hospital. Mr. Pérez had been wounded by a hand grenade thrown against him by members of the ELN during a November 29 attack on the police station in Sareva, Arauca. Four other members of the armed forces were wounded in the attack. Via Red Mas Noticias
The number of FARC members remains uncertain. So far, it is known that some 6,450 insurgents have reported to the transitional areas for normalization. However, mystery remains as to the number of militiamen who are part of that guerrilla group. Jaramillo warns of the need to ensure that they identify themselves very quickly "and that they go to the areas to be certified and to make their transit to legality, because those who do not do so, expose themselves to capture and will not get any benefits." El Colombiano
"They are going to create a special zone besides the camps" with health and lactation services so that the children "are taken care of," said in a press conference Admiral Orlando Romero, maximum delegate of the government in the mechanism of monitoring and verification (MM & V) the ceasefire and hostilities with FARC. Noticias RCN
There is an pressing need to set up the demobilization zones because in addition to helping reincorporate the insurgents, they will allow nearby communities to have access to a basic infrastructure, so they can at least feel that what was decided in La Havana is possible in Colombia. Brasil de Fato
Twenty such camps have been set up throughout Colombia. FARC fighters will concentrate there and will start the process of laying down weapons, scheduled to be completed during the first six months of 2017.
President Juan Manuel Santos acknowledged on Thursday construction delays in the camps where the FARC guerrillas will stay before laying down their weapons, but said that these are being solved and will not affect the implementation of the peace deal. "We've had problems. Logistically, it is a very complex operation but all these issues are being addressed and everyone is conscious of the need to speed up and meet our schedules for laying down the weapons," Santos said after concluding a visit to a zone of pre-grouping in a hamlet in La Guajira, municipality of Mesetas, department of Meta. Twenty such concentration zones, known as "Zonas Veredales Transitorias de Normalización". Noticias RCN