FARC will begin handing over their weapons to a UN commission next March 1, said today the head of the strategic transition command (COET) general Javier Flórez. "The issue of physical delivery of weapons will begin March 1 with 30%; on May 1 another 30% and, on June 1, 40%. Ad all weapons will have been turned in," said Florez in a Bogota press conference. The senior official has reiterated that the process of abandoning weapons will be staggered in compliance with the 180-day deadline, which began on December 1 and will end on June 1. Edukia Euskaraz Ikusi
Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels can begin surrendering their weapons to the United Nations now that almost 7,000 of them have reached designated demobilization zones around the country, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday. Reuters
The little houses that tell stories of pain and forgiveness: 'Memories in color' is a project in which 300 demobilized, FARC, ELN and paramilitary groups built small houses which they later painted telling their stories. 50 of them were exhibited at the Herencia Verde Gallery. The event was attended by government officials, journalists and artists. El Espectador
The 650 community stations that exist in Colombia today have undertaken the task of gaining strength to support the implementation of the agreement between the guerrilla and the Government. Community radio emerged 20 years ago when the first dials were assigned by the Ministry of Communications. The objective is to implement a social and business model that can give them sustainability. The networks main objective, according to Fernando Tibaduiza Araque who has watched over the project since its inception: To be able to thrive as a social enterprise and as a cultural project of community development in the territories they serve. Interview in El Espectador
Already at D+75 (75 days since Peace Plan implementation started) and the Executive has been unable to fulfill almost any point of the peace agreement with FARC. If in many case the normalization zones have become quagmire, Congress has been unable to speed up the legislative and pardons are bogged down. An analysis of Semana.com points out that if this trend were followed, the fast track would have to be extended for another six months, which would further delay the implementation of the agreements. Colombia Plural
In his visit to a transitional zone in Putumayo, the president was interviewed for the first time by NC News, a news organization that belongs to the guerillas of FARC. He spoke of the challenges of the process once the transfer to the transitional demobilization zones has been completed and of those who still doubt that the agreement reached in Havana will be fulfilled. El Espectador
After completing over the weekend the displacement of some 6,900 FARC guerrillas, President of Colombia and current Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Manuel Santos, visited on Monday one of the 26 zones where the guerrillas will lay down their arms in the coming months.
"We'll start applying all protocols for the definitive cease-fire and of the abandonment of arms begin to be applied ... From this moment the zones are active and we are going to push the pedal", said the president from an area known as La Carmelita, in the department of Putumayo.
The UN, which leads the verification of ceasefire between the guerrillas and the army, criticized this weekend construction delays of the infrastructures for these disarmament zones. Voz de América
¡Noticia histórica! Farc están concentradas para desarmarse. Ahora es nuestro turno para construir unidos esa paz que tanto hemos anhelado pic.twitter.com/yz7ff3MDHy
Things are generally going well. FARC has kept our promise of bringing our troops to the concentration zones, from where we will be moving to the transitional zones. We have found some difficulties along the way: Construction is not ready for the facilities where guerrillas will dwell for 180 days. The government has had problems meeting its commitment. Despite that, FARC has arrived to the zone. About 98%. BBC
Two days after the "last march" of the guerrillas, I was enlisted to accompany a group of 500 employees of multinational corporations in the"extractive sector," a conglomerate of the financial sector and a handful of heavyweights from Colombia's industrial sector, - all forever enemies of of the guerrilla - to volunteer in the village of Santa Bárbara, deep inside the Las Hermosas Canyon.
We brought dozens of boxes filled with water, bottles of Powerade and some less popular products of the Nutresa family; several meters of half inch pipe, Pavco from the Mexichem group; a couple of musicians; 100 virtually impossible footballs, to puncture, technology developed by the Chevrolet Foundation - patent pending - and several dozen mountain-climbing bags full of what the invitation described as "clothes that can get dirty". ¡Pacifista!
"Colombians always negotiate on the basis of asking for 200 to get 100 -- and that happens even when laws are drafted. Criminal laws are very harsh as to provide room for reduction of sentences. That's not how we did things at the Havana negotiating table. What we always proposed, or what we set as the Government's position, was very close to what we really wanted to get. At first the FARC did not believe such was the case -- they always thought that we had something else in mind -- but they started learning that we were being honest. This also happened to the citizens, as they managed to understand." La Silla Vacía