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The University and the Peace Process in Colombia
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Video: ¿Es posible la paz en Colombia?

The Peace Dialogues between the government of Colombia and the FARC revolutionary forces include other players as well. Representatives of the civil society of Colombia have also gone to Havana to plead for peace. According to Hernando Roa Suárez, Advisor to the Rector of the National Pedagogical University, writing in the online news service El Espectador, the sectors of the civil society as a whole have opened channels of reflection and action about peace, not only as an expectation or illusion, but as a framework for understanding everyday concrete development of democracy.

Hernando Roa Suárez on YouTube

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Suárez mentions contributions to the peace process by many civil society organizations, including El CINEP, Arcoiris, IEPRI, ESAP, Viva la Ciudadanía, Redepaz, MOE, Plural, and other groups working in the various regions of Colombia. He also mentions the role of the United Nations and the National University in helping to organize their involvement in the peace talks.

In his article, Suárez recognizes that academia has already made contributions to peace, but he says that the time has come to deepen this into a new vocation of service, the rethink and develop the peace process. He makes 14 proposals to the universities, which are included here in an addition to this article.

He concludes that "as academics, we must not remain spectators . . . University communities are called upon to intervene creatively in the peace process and not to forget that "to do is not to agitate but to accomplish the difficult." It behooves us to intervene in the most arduous task, where the stakes are the democratic destiny of our great nation. The culture of war must be confronted with a well-informed and well-planned negotiated political solution. It is clear for informed Colombians that it is indispensible to reformulate the politics and alternatives for peace in Colombia. As of now, in 2013, democratic Colombians are invited to continue to build a new culture of peace with dedication and political realism."

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Este artículo ha sido publicado on line el February 28, 2013.