To achieve the signing of this Definitive Agreement, we Colombians have lived through more than seven decades of violence, half a century of open war, thirty-three years in peace processes, five years of debates in Havana, the disenchantment of the October 2 Plebiscite and the most historic effort to achieve the majority consensus of the nation.
Comandante Timochenko during the peace agreement ceremony in Bogota. Screenshot: TeleSur
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In a different scenario from the previous ceremony (on 26 September) today in the Colon Theatre of Bogota, some eight hundred guests have witnessed the signature of the new Final Peace Agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government.
The »sounds« of this ceremony were also different. While in Cartagena the protocol seemed to have been very strict, here in Bogota, people didn’t seem to follow »procedures« so strictly. Indeed when the presenter announced, that after the signature it would be Comandante Timoleon Jimenez, leader of the FARC-EP to take the floor, the audience erupted in a noisy and warm applause and chanting.
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP have agreed to sign the Final Agreement for the End of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace of November 12, next Thursday, November 24 at 11:00 am in the Colon Theater in Bogotá.
Few hours away from the signing of the Final Agreement between the Government that you preside and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC-EP, pain and indignation have forced us to address this public letter, so that you, also publicly, clarify and establish your position and commitment, not with the FARC, but with the Colombian people in general, in relation to the "Pistol Plan" that is being executed against popular leaders throughout the country.
1. The FARC-EP reaffirm, before Colombia and the world, that its guerrilla Fronts nationwide will remain in Final and Bilateral Ceasefire, as a necessary measure of relief to victims of the conflict, and as a sign of respect for the agreed with the National Government.
2. We call upon the social and political movement to support resolutely, through mobilisation and other forms of peaceful expression, the Final Agreement for the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace. Peace in Colombia is a constitutional right and a mandatory duty, which must prevail over hatred and violence.
After the victory of the »No« in Colombian referendum, the FARC-EP guerrilla issued a statement:
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) deeply regret that the destructive power of those who sow hatred and rancor have influenced the opinion of the Colombian population.
The World Federation of Democratic Youths sympathizes with the signature of the final peace agreement between Colombia and the FARC-EP. This signature closes the Colombian people subservience in to the longer Latin America’s war with 52 years of the conflict.
We urge the implied ones in this process to fulfill and respect the agreement that is signed today, in order to guarantee the real peace in Colombia.
Over two thousand people took part to the ceremony for the signing of the Final Peace Agreement in Cartagena, Colombia. After the National Anthem, the signature: first to sign was Comandante Timochenko, leader of the FARC-EP followed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
The signing was followed by the speech by Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. On the stage, together with Timochenko and Santos were several heads of State, such as Cuban president, Raul Castro. In Cuba the peace process developed and talks took place for the past four years.
We are gathered here, after fifty-two continuous years of political and military confrontation with the Colombian State, with the purpose of carrying out our Tenth National Conference, the highest democratic event contemplated in our Statutes. In addition to the Central High Command and its Secretariat, vote elected delegates from Guerrilla Assemblies performed in each Front, Column, Company and Guerrilla are here present. A representation as broad as possible of all guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia People's Army.