Revised Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC

Public Apologies and Reconciliation: FARC Take Responsibility for La Chinita Massacre

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Written by Tom Power, FOR-PP accompanier, who was present at the September event. The article was also published by Global Voices.

A few days before the national plebiscite vote that rejected the peace accords, two of the most famous FARC guerrilla leaders Ivan Márquez and Pastor Alape arrived to the northernmost region of the country, the Gulf of Uraba, to participate in a public ceremony of recognition and forgiveness, as it was requested by the Apartadó Municipality Victims’ Association during the negotiations.

The crowd rose to its feet, stretching to look at the famous FARC guerrilla leaders Ivan Marquez and Pastor Alape, as they made their way to the stage. The ceremony on the 30th of September was attended by more than 500 people. The relatives of the 35 victims of La Chinita massacre sat in the front row, wearing matching t-shirts reading, “Sí Perdonamos” (yes, we forgive), anxiously awaiting what Ivan Marquez had to say.

“As an organization, as a collective, we recognize the many good people who weren’t able to achieve their dreams […] the deaths of La Chinita are also our deaths,” said Ivan Marquez in his intervention, “We want to reestablish a relationship. Peace is in the heart; we’re going to construct a future with hope. We’re going to fight for rights, and change, and transformation.”


Statement on the Peace Accord

Public Statement on the Newest Version of the Peace Accords Between the Colombian Government and the FARC
Versión en Español

November 18, 2016. In the aftermath of the narrow “no” vote against the peace accords signed by the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, we are heartened by the determined efforts of broad sectors of Colombian society to find a path to peace. We commend the constructive actions of the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas and their willingness to persevere to reach a negotiated settlement that can end fifty years of brutal war. We salute the creative and generous efforts of Colombian students, artists, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, women, unions, civil society organizations, business leaders, and, above all, victims of violence, as they seek to encourage “an accord now.”


Comunicado sobre el Acuerdo de Paz

Organizaciones internacionales de sociedad civil instan a los colombianos a finalizar y aprobar un acuerdo final que ponga a las víctimas en el centro
English version

18 de noviembre de 2016.  A raíz de la estrecha victoria del “no” contra los acuerdos de paz firmados por el gobierno colombiano y las guerrillas de las FARC, nos sentimos animados por los esfuerzos de amplios sectores de la sociedad colombiana para encontrar un camino hacia la paz. Felicitamos las acciones constructivas del gobierno colombiano y las FARC, y su disposición a perseverar para llegar a un acuerdo que pueda terminar cincuenta años de guerra brutal. Saludamos a los estudiantes colombianos, a los artistas, a las comunidades afrocolombianas e indígenas, a las mujeres, a los sindicatos, a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, a los líderes empresariales y, sobre todo, a las víctimas de la violencia en su intento de fomentar “un acuerdo ya”.

Revised Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC

FOR-PP communiqué on the occasion of the revised agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC

FOR-PP recognizes and applauds the work done by the negotiators of the Government and the FARC following the narrow rejection, amidst high abstentionism, of the peace deal on October 2nd. Though the method for seeking popular approval of the revised agreement is not yet clear, we do know the parameters of the changes and appreciate that victims still remain the central part of the accords. The fact that the negotiators returned to the table, seeking to incorporate the concerns and proposals of those who voted ‘no’,  is a triumph for the principle of nonviolent conflict resolution and a reaffirmation of both parties to a negotiated end of the armed conflict.