A Ceremony marks the end of conflicts in Colombia

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Timochenko and the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during the disarmament ceremony

After decades suffering an armed conflict, Colombia finally ratifies the peace agreement between FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the government.

The United Nations has confirmed that the FARC has delivered 7,132 weapons as part of the peace process to start their transition into politics.

The group’s representatives and the government have been attending a disarmament ceremony in the Mesetas, around 250 kilometers south of Bogota.

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Barack Obama Praises Cuba Role in Colombian Peace Talks

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US President Barack Obama thanked the Cuban government for hosting the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces guerrillas

Obama made his statements to Bogotá’s El Tiempo newspaper in which he said that the dialog has advanced more during the reestablishment of relations between Washington and Havana, PL news agency reported.
In his statements the US president acknowledged what he described as the valiant decision of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to go to the bargaining table.

Obama said that nobody thought it would be an easy task, since it is more difficult to end wars than to start them. This demands commitment and implies taking risks, he noted.

The US President said that his country supports the implementation of the Colombian accord on the victims of the conflict, justice and restitution of the lands.

Colombian Negotiators Send End-of-Conflict Proposals to #Havana

The FARC rose up in 1964 and has an estimated 8,000 fighters.

The FARC and the government have agreed to speed up the peace talks to reach a final deal to bring an end to the armed conflict as soon as possible.
Top military commanders of both the Colombian government and the FARC rebel army sent end-of-conflict proposals on Saturday to the negotiating teams involved in the ongoing peace talks in Havana, Cuba, that will help shape the discussion in the final stages of the peace process.

The report covers logistical aspects of ending the conflict including the laying down of arms, verification of the end of the conflict, and security guarantees to accompany disarmament.

Colombian General Javier Florez and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Commander Carlos Antonio Lozada have discussed end-of-conflict issues since last year.

The military commanders’ proposals also come as President Juan Manuel Santos announced Saturday that to date 590,000 victims of Colombia’s armed conflict have been compensated for their suffering.

Last month, the government and the FARC signed a historic agreement on the victims of the armed conflict that addresses truth, non-repetition of the conflict, reparations, and transitional justice. An agreement on this area of negotiations was considered a key precursor to being able to the issue of a bilateral cease-fire on the table.

The negotiations have also already reached partial agreements on the issues of land reform, political participation of rebels once they lay down their arms, and programs and policies regarding illicit drugs.

UN Proposes Monitoring Implementation of Colombia Peace Deal

The security council should vote on the draft resolution next week.
A draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council on Thursday proposes to set up a 12-month mission in Colombia that would monitor the implementation of the peace agreement currently being negotiated between the government and the guerrilla FARC group.

Two days before, both parties agreed in Havana, where the negotiations have been carried out since 2012, to resort to the international organization in order to “establish a political mission to participate for a period of 12 months … to monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, and the laying down of arms,” reported Reuters .

The draft, redacted by the United Kingdom, and suggested by Colombian President Juan Manual Santos in 2014, also suggests that international observers could settle any disputes and make recommendations.

One council diplomat said on condition of anonymity that he hoped the draft resolution would go to a vote next week.

The government and the FARC both agreed to reach a peace deal by March 23, although the FARC warned it would be difficult to meet the deadline.