FARC-EP: There Are Lot of Things to Do in Sites for Guerrillas
Bogota, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander, Ivan Marquez, has said today that there are a lot of things to do to prepare the zones and transitional points where that guerrilla, the largest group in Colombia, should put down the weapons in their possession.
Finalizing all infrastructure works before ending April is impossible, the former head of the negotiators of that movement in the peace talks told Prensa Latina.
He recalled that in addition to the so-called common areas (kitchens, receptions), it is necessary to finish the building for the accommodation for the guerrillas -pending their reintegration into civilian life.
The delays in enabling the places where the members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) will stay to disarm complicated this first and decisive stage in the implementation of the agreements aimed at ending the long war conflict with that group. During a meeting held in Cartagena de Indias in March, the government promised to leave the 26 sites within 14 departments ready before ending April.
The common areas could be completed in some places, but the camps for the FARC-EP men and women remain unfinished, there are no water or drainage systems in others, we also have difficulties with the access roads in certain scenarios, the leader of that organization said after commenting that the priority now is to find solutions to boost such tasks.
Referring to the possibility of prolonging the permanence of the former combatants in the points and zones, he explained that the conditions and potential of each of them to determine in which collective productive projects will be viable, is being analyzed.
This should be defined jointly with the Executive, stated Marquez, who hinted that they do not give up the idea of turning at least several of those spaces into a kind of small towns for peace.
During the dialogue with Prensa Latina, the spokesman of the FARC-EP confirmed that the thesis of the new political party, which will have to conform once the disarmament has been completed, are already discussing.
President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC-EP's top leader, Timoleon Jimenez, signed on November 24th the definitive agreement with which they pledged to put an end to the fighting and hostilities.
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