Ex-Colombia insurgent urges armed teams to assist authorities Lalrp


UNITED NATIONS — Addressing the U.N. Safety Council for the primary time, a former Colombian insurgent chief who now heads a political get together urged the nation’s remaining armed teams Thursday to acknowledge left-wing President Gustavo Petro’s authorities as “democratic and progressive” and cease combating towards it.

Rodrigo Londoño accused Petro’s right-wing predecessor, Ivan Duque, of failing to implement the 2016 peace settlement together with his insurgent group, the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia often known as the FARC. That accord was aimed toward ending greater than 50 years of conflict in Colombia that precipitated over 220,000 deaths and displaced practically 6 million folks.

However Londoño informed the council in a video briefing that Petro’s electoral victory in 2022 introduced in a progressive authorities dedicated to “political and social transformations,” together with comprehensively implementing the peace settlement.

“We belief his phrase and we hope that his decisive motion” will transfer implementation ahead, he stated.

Londoño, who informed ambassadors he joined the FARC as a 16-year-old in 1976 and was its final commander who signed the 2016 peace deal, stated dissident FARC members who took up arms after the federal government didn’t occupy areas deserted by rebels after they laid down their weapons signify “a miniscule share of those that first signed the settlement.”

He stated his get together helps talks between Petro’s authorities and the left-wing Nationwide Liberation Military insurgent group often known as the ELN plus the remaining dissident teams. The federal government and ELN each hailed progress on the finish of a second spherical of peace talks final month in Mexico Metropolis.

Urging the armed teams to not struggle towards Petro’s progressive efforts and his “complete peace coverage,” Londoño stated a cease-fire needs to be one thing “that these organizations ought to embrace.”

He criticized the Duque authorities for distributing simply 251,122 hectares of the three million hectares of land to be put in a land fund underneath the peace settlement for distribution to poor folks in rural areas who most wanted it, and failing to considerably scale back rural poverty. He additionally faulted Duque’s authorities for failing to supply enough safety for former FARC members in addition to enough training and well being care.

Londoño, who was the goal of an assassination try, stated Petro faces enormous challenges in implementing the peace settlement “particularly within the face of sure sectors and events from the earlier authorities who’re intent on stopping even minimal transformations in favor of the folks.”

If it wasn’t for assist from the worldwide neighborhood, particularly the United Nations and the Safety Council which approved a mission to watch implementation of the peace settlement on the request of the Colombian authorities, he stated “the try to discover a political answer with us would have failed.”

Londoño stated his supporters have been collaborating within the Safety Council assembly Thursday “with nice hope” that it’s going to strongly assist Petro’s goal of absolutely implementing the 2016 peace settlement which “may have a multiplying impact.”

The U.N. particular envoy for Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, informed the council he was “honored” to be in Londoño’s presence, saying “his management within the transition from conflict to peace has been and can proceed to be elementary.”

“His participation right this moment is actually testimony of the dedication of 1000’s of former combatants to the ultimate peace settlement,” he stated.

Ruiz additionally pointed to a current assembly between president Petro and Londoño in Bogota and their joint go to to a former space for coaching and reintegration of former combatants “within the wake of a critical risk by an unlawful armed group towards dozens of former combatants.”

In current days, he stated, the federal government has established an workplace headed by a high-level official within the presidency to take care of the great implementation of the 2016 settlement – one other instance of its dedication.

Ruiz welcomed the federal government’s negotiations with the ELN and one other group of ex-FARC fighters, and urged “all unlawful armed actors to not waste the chance offered by the daring pursuit of peace by way of dialogue.”

Colombia’s Overseas Minister Alvaro Leyva, who stated he met Londoño 30 years in the past as a combatant, known as the council assembly “really a miracle,” saying the previous FARC chief not solely helped draft and signal the peace settlement however is now a member of a political get together selling its implementation.

The minister stated it was particularly significant for him to be on the Safety Council “after a number of years the place there was an try to put a brake on the settlement for nationwide reconciliation signed between the Colombian state and the FARC.”

Leyva stated Petro isn’t solely making an attempt to implement “complete peace” inside Colombia but additionally past its borders and it’s internet hosting a convention in Bogota on April 25 with nations from Latin America, Europe, the US and Canada “to see how we may resume the political dialogues.”