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
"Through the mountains, rivers and roads of 33 routes previously defined with the Government, at least 5,500 guerrillas march to the 26 points across the country where they will disarm. Among them, as a novelty of peace, there are pregnant women and nursing mothers. It is a gigantic march supported about 600 officials and protected by a state security cordon. Interview with Carlos Córdoba, director of the demobilization zones and coordinator of this migration. El Tiempo
"While the guerrillas should have been demobilized by December 31 already, this has still not happened as the government seems unable to construct the camps where the rebels will be staying while disarming and going through their initial judicial procedures.
"The majority of the transition zones where Colombia’s FARC guerrillas are expected to demobilize and disarm will now be ready by March 1, according to the government. They should have been ready in early December already." Colombia Reports
Although a bit late, the implementation continues of the Final Agreement for peace between the government and FARC. High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo stated that FARC forces will be at the demobilization camps by January 31 and the guerrillas themselves will build the camps in the areas. Pacifista