The president of Colombia assured that he found a deep lack of financing in the organizations for peace
Gustavo Petro talks about the agreements with the FARC on their sixth anniversary.
Regarding the sixth anniversary of the signing of the peace accords between the FARC guerrillas and the Government of Colombia, which was held this Wednesday, November 23, President Gustavo Petro denounced that the governments of the previous six years did not show a serious commitment to the fulfillment of its points.
The president referred to the confrontation between dissidents in Putumayo, which left 18 subversives dead. For him, incidents such as these show that violence is adopting forms that are increasingly barbaric and far removed from any political project, but closer to the global dynamics of the war on drugs, which condemn the country to war and perpetual inequality if not the pertinent corrections are made.
The first correction, Petro said, is compliance with the Havana agreements: “If a State breaks its word, it is a generator of violence,” the president mentioned, to later add that this is precisely what has happened in recent years. . “A political fraction of the country dedicated itself to breaking the agreement from the government. What I have actually found is the premeditated intention to not comply with the peace agreements signed 6 years ago and that generates violence”, he declared.
The president confessed that his communication team he jotted down data on budget increases for peace, so he could flaunt them in his speech this Wednesday. However, he called them absolutely marginalregarding the amounts needed to fully perform the agreement.
He mentioned that, with respect to the values approved by the government of Iván Duque, the National Land Agency received an increase of 261%, the Rural Development Agency received an increase of 176%, the Land Restitution Unit grew by 65% , the Victims Unit had an increase of 19% and the JEP will receive 14% more. However, he warned that “this is nothing. This is not progress. It is not an advance because saying 261% depends on the base from which we count. Saying 176% depends on the base from which we count.”
“It could mislead journalists and public opinion. These statistics would serve to deceive society, because the starting point is minimal. It's no big deal. We started from President Duque's decision not to comply with the peace agreement and, therefore, from levels much lower than those needed to comply with the peace agreement,” the president stated.
Among other things, Petro criticized the fact that the peace institutions are associated with the Administrative Department of the Presidency (Dapre) and not with the national government, which manages the budget, which is another indicator of the lack interest in fulfilling the agreement. “A single route in a PDET area can cost more than what Dapre has in that institution, much more. One way only!”, explained the head of state.
Among the alternatives that Petro is contemplating to supply these resources, is the use of the nation's current income to buy the land necessary in the agrarian reform, as well as the substitution of crops in the Amazon. “Even with these two policies, agrarian reform and the revitalization of the Amazon jungle, we could build the box to get the peasantry out of drug trafficking chains and put them in the boxes of the food production chain that the world needs. We could still,” concluded the president.