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FARC-EP and Colombia Government advance in their peace accords
an article by Prensa Latina

The Colombian insurgency and the Government of the country announced here today (11 April , Havana) that they have made progress in the construction of agreements to resolve the problem of illicit drugs.

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In a joint statement issued this morning at the closing of the XXIII cycle of peace negotiations, the Revolutionary Armed Colombia People's Army (FARC-EP ) and its Government counterpart said they share views on the final eradication of the phenomenon.

They affirmed that the solution must be framed within a Comprehensive Rural Reform, jointly developed with the participation of communities concerned, for the design, implementation, monitoring, control and evaluation of actions.

The parties reiterated the invitation to the Colombian people to participate with their proposals to the discussions of the dialogue table which has been installed in Havana since November 2012.

They furthermore thanked Cuba and Norway, the countries sponsoring the negotiations; as well as Chile and Venezuela, who are accompanying the process, for their constant support during the talks.

They reported that they will resume work at the dialogue table on 24 April.

The issue of illicit drugs is the third issue of their six-point agenda .

The FARC-EP and the Government have already arrived to partial agreements related to agricultural development and political participation .

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At the beginning of July, the rebels of the armed revolutionary forces of Colombia (FARC) kidnapped a 51 year old Swiss, and his Colombian assistant who worked in the Indian communities of Cauca province where they were setting up development projects by building schools and community production enterprises.

The news of the kidnapping was spread through all the villages and 2000 Indians set out to pursue the 400 guerillas. They reached them at an elevation of over 4000 meters (12,000 feet), encircled them, and without any weapon, constrained them to release the 2 hostages! (After 2 days, the hostages were released).

This release, obtained through "peaceful resistance" has raised a national debate: the possibility of resisting violence without needing to use weapons has demonstrated the effectiveness of human solidarity movements.

"I will return, and I will then be millions" prophesied the Aymara Indian leader Tapak Katari, in 1781, at the time of his execution by the Spanish conquistadors.

100 million in 1492, the Indians were no more than 4,5 million one century and half later. Currently there are 44 million Indians populating Latin America.

In spite of their great diversity, the Indian movements take on more and more importance. In Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico or Colombie they are opposed to the neoliberal system that governs the Americas, while protesting against the imposition of the American economic market. . ...more.

This report was posted on April 14, 2014.