Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of grouping “Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC or FARC) Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, known as Timoleon Jimenez or Tymoshenko, signed in Cartagena a historic agreement on ending the conflict and establishing a durable and sustainable peace, reports the BBC.
“Let there be no doubt that from now on we are going to conduct policy without use of weapons. We are committed to respect the agreement and expect the same from government,” said Timoleon Jimenez during the ceremony of signing the document. The head of the group declared the end of war conflict and apologized to the war victims.
“Particularly noteworthy political Pact, which aims to ensure that never handled a weapon in political struggle”, – said the head of the rebels, quoted by TASS. “Soldiers and police officers must stop seeing us as the enemy. We are all children of one country,” he said.
All those present at the ceremony were dressed in white clothes as a symbol of peace. The area of Cartagena on the Caribbean sea, where the ceremony took place was also decorated with white flags. In memory of those killed during the conflict was performed a memorial song.
The channel Telesur broadcasted the ceremony live. Santos and Tymoshenko signed the document of the special ballpoint pens, made of live ammunition, reports RIA “Novosti”. As stated on the eve of the Colombian leader, this will symbolize the transition from violence to education and a new future for the country.
Confrontation between Colombian authorities and left-wing extremists from the FARC lasted more than 50 years. Victims of the conflict were about 220 thousand people. Approximately seven million people lost the roof over my head.
The parties came to an agreement in August 2016 after four years of negotiations. The agreement provides, inter alia, Amnesty for
the rebels (except for the perpetrators of serious war crimes), the integration of former fighters into society, land reform and the establishment of special courts for
investigation of crimes committed during the war.