Peace Talks in Colombia Envision Probable Ceasefire

By Dialogo
August 31, 2012

An agenda, which the Colombian government and the FARC would have agreed on, includes the possibility of a cease fire expected during the peace negotiations, was released to the press on August 29.

The agenda was released while the country was still waiting for President Santos to offer more details on the “exploratory dialogue,” that he has authorized with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and confirm if they will in fact, begin peace negotiations.

The text breaks down the six items on the agenda that both parties would have developed to “begin direct and uninterrupted conversations” to end the armed Colombian conflict after nearly half a century.

It also considers collaborative dialogues from the governments of Cuba, Norway, Venezuela and Chile, to be held in Havana.

The third item on the agenda, titled, “End of the conflict”, plans to address a “bilateral and final cease of fire and hostilities.”

On August 29, several voices agreed on the need to come to a truce during the course of negotiations, unlike the last peace process, failed after four years.

“Our global experience shows that peace processes work best when there is a cease fire,” said Todd Howland, UN delegate for human rights in Colombia.

President Santos, in his brief message to the nation on August 27, clarified that “they will maintain the operations and the military presence on every inch of the territory.”