The Colombian government historic agreement between the FARC and the government of Colombia

The Colombian government historic agreement between the FARC and the government of Colombia - and FARC announced today Havana a historic agreement demining including the cleaning and decontamination of territories where there is the presence of " landmines , IEDs, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war".

the announcement was released this afternoon by representatives of the guarantor countries of the peace process Cuba and Norway, next to the Colombian government and the FARC, led by their chief negotiators Humberto de la Calle and Ivan Marquez , respectively, in the dialogue that carry out more than two years ago in the Cuban capital.

This is an agreement " to move forward in building confidence and in order to help create safe conditions for the people who are in risk zones by the presence of mines, "said a statement read by the representatives of Cuba and Norway, Rodolfo Benitez and Dag Nylander, respectively.

Meanwhile, De la Calle said in a later statement that the Colombian Government and the guerrillas will work "together" from today to clear the territories of landmines in an operation that will coordinated by Norway.

"the proposal demining is a first step but a giant step towards peace, this is a sign that we are moving in the right direction," he said.
with this "new and decisive "step, insisted De la Calle, the peace delegations of the government and the guerrillas achieve greater" trust "to end the Colombian armed conflict that has lasted more than 50 years.

Meanwhile, the chief negotiator of the FARC, Luciano Marin Arango, alias Ivan Marquez, said it is a "memorable day" for the peace process.
"We are on track," said Marquez, stressing that the negotiating parties have delivered to Colombia a "humanitarian agreement" that contribute to "de-escalation of the war."

"it will be a work in which members FARC representatives, uniformed, unarmed and after temporary suspension of orders capture, according to the law, to provide the required information and support the demining process, "said De la Calle in his statement.

the demining Battalion of National Army of Colombia (bidets) is responsible for the clearance and demining of the areas under the coordination of Norway.

the whole process will take place in a "framework for dialogue" with communities in the territories where it is carried out demining and providing information for citizens in those areas.

Source: Telam

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