Colombian President planning to reintroduce peace accord with FARC
Colombia’s government will go for another peace deal with country’s largest rebel guerrilla group FARC which is the second in two months.
The new move by President Juan Manuel Santos shows the sense of urgency by the government to end hostilities with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after the first accord was defeated in a referendum a week after its signing.
President Santos,winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has projected himself as a conciliatory figure in face of the defeat in the referendum.
The new 310-page document made some changes for assuaging critics led by former president Alvaro Uribe.But the guerrilla group would not agree the most important among the changes-jail sentences for FARC leaders who did atrocities and limiting their future participation in politics.
Uribe’s political party is planning to boycott the next week’s debate in congress ratifying the agreement and made a call for protests to decry what they consider as a “blow against democracy.”
A statement released by Uribe’s Democratic Center party read : “The government preferred to impose itself in a way that divides Colombians instead of a national pact that would bring us together.”
The lack of support for the accord will make it tougher for the Santos government to implement it.
It is expected that a solid majority would sign the accord in the congress next week.