[News] Columbia - FARC for Peace, Social Justice
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Mon Feb 18 12:53:45 EST 2008
FARC for Peace, Social Justice
Paris, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC) called for a country without war after necessary
steps are taken to promote peace with social justice.
"The future of Colombia cannot be one of war," declared comandante
Raul Reyes, reiterating the decision of the guerrilla organizations
to procure an agreement of humanitarian exchange.
Unfortunately, the comandante told Prensa Latina via Internet, the
oligarchies aligned with the drug mafias and paramilitaries took over
the government to defend their interests, with a nod from Washington.
This is self-explanatory in the Colombia Plan and its derivatives
such as the Patriot Plan, Consolidation and others with grandiose
names such as Plan Lasso, Centaurs, Destructor One and Two or
Tanatos, of former president Andres Pastrana.
Now, the FARC leader added, they are begging for approval of the Free
Trade Treaty with the United States to continue their killing sprees
with more poverty and destitution but without renouncing the plans of
war inspired by the plundered empires directed by the United States.
Reyes made this declaration after the liberation of Claudia Rojas and
Consuelo Gonzalez and with the announcement of the liberation of
three more congresspersons in answer to requests by Venezuelan
president, Hugo Chavez, and senator Piedad Cordoba.
The proposal Chavez made to recognize the status of FARC was the best
political contribution toward a humanitarian agreement and
achievement of peace, he added.
In his opinion, one of the objectives of the war of the Alvaro Uribe
government is to force the peoples and governments of Venezuela and
Ecuador to participate in the internal conflict of Colombia through
joint operations with troops from the three countries.
"Our policy," he said, "is to contribute to brotherhood. FARC does
not cross the border of any nation in military operations."
In his declarations to Prensa Latina, Reyes assured that comandante
Manuel Marulanda is in good health and at the head of FARC,
successfully leading his organization and denied false rumors of a
terminal disease with infighting to achieve leadership.
Referring to a possible exchange of prisoners, the rebel chief said
it was of utmost importance to clear forces from the municipalities
of Pradera and Florida, in the Cauca Valley department for 45 days.
The Spanish government and catholic church of Colombia excluded
themselves as mediators for taking sides with Uribe, he added.
Reyes recalled that the guerrillas Simon Trinidad and Sonia,
extradited to the United States and the three US agents held by the
rebels are a substantial part of a possible exchange.
The three CIA spies captured are war prisoners and not kidnapped as
the war hawks say to deny the truth of United States interference in
the internal conflict of Colombia, he informed.
"Our army," he said "continues a normal process of growth in
experience, men and weapons with growing popular support. There are
daily combats throughout the homeland because guerrilla movements are
mobile and their presence is felt in all of Colombia."
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