Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has met FARC's top leader Rodrigo Londoño to follow up on the implementation of the peace agreement between both sides. The Sunday meeting took place in the department of Bolivar. Santos said on Twitter they discussed crucial topics such as the disarmament process and the reincorporation of FARC guerrilla members into society. The Financial Express
Timochenko, said that in coming days 60 delegates will leave the transitional camps and begin to establish relations with people and political forces. [...] Timochenko also said that an additional 10 people will be involved in the same areas. The signed peace agreement states that FARC must submit the list of the 60 people to the government. They will not be able to wear uniforms or carry weapons. Caracol Radio
olombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle said that implementing the peace agreements signed with the FARC-EP will be a long way due to the complexity of the reincorporation phase, Caracol Radio reported today. The country must understand the scope of the process aimed at reincorporating into society the former combatants, stressed the former head of the government's delegation in the dialogues with that guerrilla organization, held in Cuba and which lasted almost four years.
That process, he added, is far more important than a pact; having silenced arms (with the bilateral cease-fire) is a fundamental achievement for Colombia, but the work and discussion are not over. Prensa Latina
For El Avispero, working on peacebuilding means demonstrating that it is possible to build a collective feeling around social transformation and being part of something. This is one of the missing spaces of citizen mobilisation that El Avispero tries to fulfil, the space where the dreamers and the doers may find their home to change the world. ReliefWeb
The Government said on Monday that the only problems in building the camps to house 7,000 demobilized FARC guerrillas stem from attempts to depart from what was agreed regarding building materials. Carlos Córdoba, who manages the transitional zones, said: "if people want roads, or to change the materials for the tiles, that's not in the agreement and that requires additional resources, when a solution is already on the field". El Espectador
100 days after the implementation of the peace agreement between the FARC-EP National Government, an expanded meeting of the Monitoring, Impulse, and Verification Commission (Csivi) will be held in Cartagena tasked with reviewing thoroughly the different points prioritized for implementation", the parties said in a joint statement. Milenio.com
The Colombian government said on Friday that members of FARC guerrillas will soon deliver some 14,000 weapons to the United Nations, in compliance with the peace agreement signed in November. "About 11,000 of them are rifles." In compliance with the peace agreement, FARC's nearly 7,000 members have been concentrated for almost a month in 26 locations throughout the country. By the end of May, the process of turning in the weapons must have ended and that of reincorporation to civilian life begun. El Colombiano
Three days ago 700 FARC men and women militias finished arriving at the 19 zones and seven camps where the guerrilla is in process of laying down their weapons. Those are the militias whose mission was being very close to the transitional zones and they had short weapons. As to the rest -- and they are the majority according to an assessment by General Javier Flórez, head of the Strategic Command of the Armed Forces -- they are over 6 thousand and will also have to go to the area and identify as militias so they can be registered. Someone close to La Silla said that to expect every one of them to arrive to the area is, "a leap of faith..." La Silla Vacía
Most of the fighters interviewed said they planned to remain with the FARC, which they saw as their family now, following it into whatever political incarnation it takes in the coming years. “There was no way out where I was from,” said Yackeline, 32, a fighter who ran away to a rebel camp when she was 13 because she says it was the only place that she could receive an education.
She had not contacted her family, but she said she would. She was taking little steps, one at a time, each adjustment to a life after the conflict coming with surprises. “We wake up on mattresses tired, like we haven’t slept,” she said. “We are just not used to them.” New York Times