The participation of society must be decisive: ELN commander expects redesign of the peace process

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Through Twitter, Antonio García, first commander of the ELN, warned that the changes that the country needs must materialize, since only by building social justice and democracy will achieve peace in Colombia, and that they cannot remain on paper

The participation of society must be decisive: ELN commander awaits redesign of the peace process

In the center Antonio García, first commander of the ELN posted on Twitter that they expect a redesign in the process. Photo: REUTERS/Leonardo Fernández Viloria

The participation of society must be the protagonist in the negotiations between the Colombian State and the National Liberation Army (ELN). With this argument, the first commander of the ELN, Antonio García, raised a redesign of the peace process a few days after the talks resumed.

“In the restart of the dialogues with the Government, we expect a redesign of the peace process, where the Participation of the Society is decisive to build the proposals for change that Colombia needs,” said the guerrilla leader on his Twitter account, according to what he was quoted as saying. in Semana.

Commander García also warned that those changes that the country needs must materialize, since only by building social justice and democracy will peace be achieved in Colombia.

“Changes that build social justice and democracy in the reality of the country, not on paper, will bring peace,” García concluded on Twitter.

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The participation of society must be decisive: ELN commander awaits redesign of the peace process

On November 25 the first agreements were announced those who have reached the negotiating delegations in Caracas. Photo: REUTERS/Leonardo Fernández Viloria

It is worth remembering that on November 21, the dialogue table between the Colombian State and the ELN was resumed and installed in Caracas, Venezuela, one of the guarantor countries of the process. One of the first joint declarations was “Peace is our dream, change is our way”. In this way, and with the days, the first agreements were reached that were announced on November 25.

The announcement was made jointly and revealed the three agreements that have been reached in the first week of talks. The first of these was to ratify Cuba, Norway and Venezuela as guarantor countries in the process, it was announced that Brazil, Chile and Mexico will be invited to also join as guarantor countries, and that the They will advance approaches with the United States government so that, with a special envoy, they can also accompany the dialogues.

“It was agreed to carry out diplomatic actions with the Government of the United States to find out its willingness to participate in this process through a special envoy to the dialogue table,” reported the delegations of the national government and the ELN.

In the joint communiqué of the negotiating delegations, they also formalized, as accompanying the Dialogue Table and the process, the Secretary General of the United Nations through his Special Representative in Colombia and the Episcopal Conference of Colombia.

The participation of society must be decisive: ELN commander expects redesign of the peace process

Another point that was agreed upon in the four days of talks was the creation of a joint communications team to publicize the information of what is agreed in the middle of the talks. Photo: REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Likewise, it was also announced that it was agreed that Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain will be invited to be part of the talks as accompanying countries. Another announcement was that the Group of Accompaniment, Support and Cooperation Countries (Gpaac) would be reactivated.

Of these countries, Switzerland, in the afternoon of November 25, through its embassy in Colombia, accepted the invitation: “Today, the Government of Colombia and the ELN have requested to formally accompany the peace dialogue between both parties.” , they wrote on Twitter, citing a tweet from the European country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which it can be read that the Swiss government “accepts this invitation and thanks both parties for their trust: a sign of recognition of the long-standing commitment of Switzerland for peace in Colombia”.

The participation of society must be decisive: ELN commander expects redesign of the peace process

The announcement was made by the Swiss Embassy in Colomba via Twitter.

For his part, from the Spanish government, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, stressed that Spain is “available” of Colombia to “accompany” it in its peace process, after the formal invitation sent this Friday for this purpose, although it pointed out that “the agenda has to be set by the Colombian Government”.

The second point that was agreed upon was to resume the point of the agreements corresponding to the Agenda established in March 2016, regarding “Humanitarian actions and dynamics”.

“Humanitarian relief processes will be carried out in the short term: for this, a dialogue table mechanism will be formed that is accompanied by the United Nations Verification Mission and the church,” the statement read.

In this regard, Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao, delegate of the Catholic Church for the negotiation with the ELN, as quoted on Blu Radio, praised the fact that among the first points, the relative to humanitarian actions.

“We believe that very important steps have been taken in a short time and topics of great interest to the general population are addressed, populations in the midst of confrontation and conflict that they suffer due to different circumstances, such as confinements, antipersonnel mines, threats, displacements that affect the life of the communities”, Msgr. Henao noted.

Finally, the third point that it was agreed was the c Creation of a joint communications team to publicize the information of what is agreed in the middle of the talks.