Bogota - Nine representatives of the Government of Colombia, an equal number of members from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC-EP) and 18 international observers from the UN Mission in the country have started working together at the joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism HQ, in Bogota.
On Monday, representatives from the three parties kick start joint activities in the first five of the eight regional offices: Florencia, Popayan, San José del Guaviare, Valledupar and Villavicencio.
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Geneva, 30 September 2016
The announcement of the Peace Agreements between Colombia’s FARC guerrilla group and the Colombian Government calls for a definite end to all attacks between both parties, as well as to create the conditions to begin implementing the Final Agreement which implies the disarmament of the group and to prepare the country for the FARC’s reintegration into civilian life.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Friday 9/30/2016 - 14:54 GMT
by Alina DIESTE
Colombians vote in a referendum Sunday on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end the 52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels.
The accord will effectively end what is seen as the last major armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.
The stakes are high -- the Colombian government says it has no Plan B if voters reject the accord -- but polls indicate it will pass by a wide margin.
Bogotá (ICRC) ‒ The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomes the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, thanked the parties for the confidence they had shown in the organization and for recognizing its neutrality, Independence and impartiality.
Bogota, 29 September 2016
We are half way through a truly momentous week. Last Monday, President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londoño, the leader of Latin America’s oldest guerrilla movement FARC-EP, signed the Final Peace Accord in Cartagena in front of a large audience and in the full international spotlight. Then this coming Sunday, 2 October, the Colombian people will have the opportunity to have their say on the Accord in the nationwide plebiscite.
by Anastasia Moloney
"The peace deal makes it clear that sexual violence is not up for amnesty"
BOGOTA, Sept 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Under a newly-signed peace deal to end Colombia's war, women who have been raped by military forces or rebel fighters may expect to have the crimes against them investigated by a special unit.
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The time for the signing of the peace agreements and the cessation of one of the world’s most enduring armed conflicts has finally arrived. The Colombian government and the FARC finished negotiations to bring the conflict to an end, and the formal signing of the peace agreement took place on September, 26. All that remains to be done is waiting for the result of the plebiscite on October, 2nd, which will validate it.
September 26, 2016 - Cartagena, Colombia - Global Affairs Canada
Canada is proud to support Colombia’s efforts to bring the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere to a peaceful end. The agreement signed today in Colombia demonstrates the effectiveness and importance of negotiation, diplomacy, justice and institutional reform, hallmarks of Canada’s support of the Colombian people and government.
After more than 50 years of conflict, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace agreement. Between 1990 and 2013, landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) killed or maimed more than 11,000 people–children making up 26%–and left 31 of Colombia’s 32 regions contaminated by UXO.
September 27, 2016
The MAPP/OAS was created in 2004, at the request of the national government, to carry out monitoring and accompaniment tasks related to the peace policy in Colombia.
The mandate of the MAPP/OAS emanates from an agreement between the Government of Colombia and the OAS General Secretariat. This mandate has been ratified through five additional protocols that have renewed and broadened the functions of the Mission.
The European Parliament is sending a delegation of MEPs to Colombia this week to accompany and monitor its referendum on the newly signed peace agreement. MEPs “expect and hope” that on Sunday 2 October Colombian voters will back the peace agreement reached by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
This agreement would put an end to 52 years of armed conflict. The 14-strong delegation, co-chaired by Luis de Grandes (EPP) and Ramón Jáuregui (S&D), will be working in Colombia from 28 September to 3 October.
Despite a decrease in highly visible violence, social control, intimidation, threats, mobility restrictions and access constraints continue to affect civilians in Colombia.
Official data report 17.976 IDP's for the first eight months of 2016. Based on past trends.OCHA estimates that once the registry is updated, the number of IDP's during the semester will likely reach 89,392
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26 September 2016 – Colombians are “bidding farewell to decades of flames and sending up a bright flare of hope that illuminates the world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Cartagena, welcoming the signing by the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) of a peace deal ending more than 50 years of conflict. Deeply moved to see thousands of Colombians at the signing ceremony, Mr.
Colombia - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing yesterday (26/09) took part in a historic ceremony in Cartagena marking the formal signing of a peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
With the signing of this agreement, Colombia brings an end to a 52-year-long internal armed conflict, considered to be the longest running in the Western hemisphere.
Today is a day the world will not forget. The peace agreement in Colombia is a milestone applauded by all the countries of the hemisphere and the world.
Peace for Colombia is peace for everyone.
I congratulate the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the leaders and members of the FARC-EP for the determination and the conviction to put an end to more than half a century of armed confrontation through dialogue.
Colombia has shown that, when dialogue is results-oriented, convictions are strong and the objective worthwhile, the impossible becomes possible.
Cartagena, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 9/27/2016 - 00:15 GMT
by Alina DIESTE
Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord with the government Monday and apologized to the countless victims of the country's half-century civil war.
In an emotional open-air ceremony, President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the communist rebels into the political sphere after signing the accord with FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, alias Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez.
The success of an historic peace deal between the Colombian government and the country’s largest guerilla group, which was officially signed today in Cartagena, rests on the Colombian authorities’ ability to ensure truth, justice and reparation for the millions of victims of the more than 50 year-long conflict, said Amnesty International.
The peace agreement will still need to be ratified via a plebiscite, to be held on 2 October.
Statement by the HR/VP on the occasion of the signing of the Peace Agreement between the government of Colombia and the FARC in Cartagena de Indias
The signature of the peace agreement today in Colombia is good news not only for the country and for the people of Colombia, but for the whole world. Today Colombia has the courage to turn the page after a 50-year long conflict, and shows to the entire world that peace is possible and can become reality, with leadership and determination. Colombia today is sending a message of hope to the rest of the globe.
BOGOTÁ, 26 September 2016 – UNICEF welcomes today’s official signing of a final accord between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP, the country’s largest armed opposition group, to end Colombia’s five-decade war and build sustainable and long-lasting peace.
“For the thousands of children affected by the conflict in Colombia, the signing of this agreement couldn’t have come soon enough,” said Roberto de Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Colombia, speaking from the signing ceremony in Cartagena. “Today peace prevails – at long last.”
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Sunday 9/25/2016 - 23:53 GMT
Colombia's second-largest rebel force, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), will hold its fire as Colombians hold a referendum on a peace deal with the larger, Marxist FARC.
"We are prepared to stop ELN offensive actions during this time (ahead of) the referendum" to make participation October 2 easier for voters, Commander Pablo Beltran said Sunday on the official radio of the smaller force.