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Colombia’s Uribe Puts Forward Document to Amend FARC Peace Pact

BOGOTA – Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe presented the government with a document from the Democratic Center party, prompting proposals to amend the agreement for peace negotiations with the FARC.

Uribe put forward the document entitled “Principal proposition: a national agreement,” on behalf of voters who want to reform several aspects of the peace pact, which was rejected by a narrow margin in the Oct. 2 referendum.

Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the government will analyze the proposals to understand the main issues of concern blocking Uribe’s supporters from agreeing to the deal, in order to begin the discussion.

“The Democratic Centre, as part of the “no” coalition, has handed the document to the government delegates. The document contains general guidelines on the merits of our case,” Uribe told reporters on Wednesday.

He added that “our proposal is the construction of a national agreement that protects the FARC as well as democratic values.”

However, he explained that “in matters of the victims, of the protection of family values, of the children, we support the proposals of former attorney Alejandro Ordonez, Senator Sofia Gaviria, Diana Sofia Giraldo, Herbin Hoyos, Catholic leaders and pastors of Christian Churches.”

Uribe also mentioned plans for transitional justice, which includes the creation of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace mechanism that will apply to those responsible for the armed conflict. An amnesty law has also been drafted to forgive FARC members who have not committed serious crimes.

 

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