Negotiations between the government of president Juan Manuel Santos and the guerrillas of the FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces) began in October 2012. The ongoing negotiations in Havana address 5 points: agricultural reform, the future political role of the guerillas, the end of armed conflict, the fight against drug trafficking, and victims’ rights. A partial agreement has been reached concerning the agenda’s first two points. A cease fire to end the armed conflict that has plagued Columbia for the past 50 years is currently under discussion.
By signing the Appeal, the Sant’Egidio Community and its signatories have shown their solidarity and support because “it is important to grasp, with transparent and generous intentions, this extraordinary chance.”
The entire appeal in French can be read here.