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Text of deal between Colombia’s government and rebel group FARC to end armed conflict

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Text of deal between Colombia’s government and rebel group FARC to end armed conflict

Official start of the peace talks in the Norwegian capital of Oslo

The Colombian government and guerrilla group FARC have signed an agreement committing both to end the country’s armed conflict. The following is a translation of the original Spanish text.

General agreement for the termination of the conflict and the construction of a stable and lasting peace

The delegates of the Government of the Republic of Colombia (National Government) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP):

As a result of the Exploratory Meeting that had as headquarters Havana, Cuba, between February 23, 2012 and XXX, and that counted on the participation of the Government of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of Norway as guarantors, and with the support of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as facilitator of logistics and companion:

With the mutual decision of putting an end to the conflict as an essential condition for the constitution of stable and lasting peace; attending the cry of the population for peace, and recognizing that:

The construction of peace is a point of the society in conjunction that requires the participation of all, without distinction; The respect of the human rights in all of the confines of the national territory is an end of the State that should be promoted; The economic development with social justice and in harmony with the environment, is a guarantee of peace and progress.

Social development with equality and well-being, including the great majorities, allow to grow as a country; A Colombia in peace will play an active and sovereign role in regional and global peace and development. It is important to amplify democracy as a condition to achieve solid bases for peace. With the full disposition of the National Government and the FARC-EP to reach an agreement, and the invitation to the entire Colombian society, as well as orgamisms of regional integration and the international community, to accompany this process.

We have agreed:

I.To initiate direct and uninterrupted conversations about the points of the agenda established here, with the end of reaching a Final Agreement for the termination of the conflict that will contribute to stable and lasting peace.

II. To establish a table of conversation that will be installed publicly (a month after the public announcement) in Oslo, Norway, and whose principal headquarters will be Havana, Cuba. The table could have meetings in other countries.

III. To guarantee the effectiveness of the process and conclude the work about the points of the agenda expeditiously and in the least amount of time possible, to fulfill the expectations of society concerning the agreement. In any case, the duration will be subject to periodic evaluations of progress.

IV. To develop the conversations with the support of the governments of Cuba and Norway as guarantors and the governments of Venezuela and Chile as accompaniment. In accordance with the necessities of the process, they may by agreement invite others.

V. The following agenda:

1. Integral agricultural development policy

The integral agricultural development is crucial to boost the integration of the regions and the equitable social and economic development of the country.

1. Access and use of land. Wastelands. Formalization of property. Agricultural border and protection of reserve zones.

2. Programs of development with a territorial focus.

3. Infrastructure and land improvement.

3. Social development: health, education, housing, eradication of poverty.

5. Stimulus to agricultural production and the economy of solidarity and cooperation. Technical assistance. Subsidies. Credit. Generation of income. Marketing. Labor formalization.

6. Food security system.

2. Political participation

1. Rights and guarantees for the exercise of the political opposition in general and in particular for the new movements that arise after the signing of the Final Agreement. Access to the media.

2. Democratic mechanisms of citizen participation, including those of direct participation, on different levels and diverse themes.

3. Effective measures to promote greater participation in the national, regional and local policy of all sectors, including the most vulnerable population, equality of conditions and with guarantees of security.

3. End of the conflict

Integral and simultaneous process which implies:

1. Bilateral and definitive cease of fire and hostilities.

2. Abandonment of arms. Reincorporation of the FARC-EP into civil life – economically, socially and politically -, in accordance with their interests.

3. The National Government, will coordinate the revision of the situation of individuals, charged or convicted, for belonging to or collaborating with the FARC-EP.

4. In parallel form the national government will intensify the fight to end the criminal organizations and their support networks, including the fight against corruption and impunity, in particular against any organization responsible for homicides and massacres or undermines defenders of human rights, social movements or political movements.

5. The National Government will revise and make the reforms and institutional adjustments necessary to address the challenges of the construction of peace.

6. Guarantees of security.

7. Under the provisions of Point 5 (Victims) of this agreement they will clarify, among others, the phenomenon of paramilitarism.

The signing of the Final Agreement initiates this process, which must develop in a reasonable time agreed by the parties.

4. Solution to the problem of illicit drugs

1. Illicit crop substitution programs. Integral development plans with participation of the communities in the design, execution and evaluation of the programs of substitution and environmental recovery of the areas affected by illicit crops.

2. Prevention programs of consumption and public health.

3. Solution to the phenomenon of production, consumption and public health.

5. Victims

To compensate the victims is in the center of the agreement National Government – FARC-EP. In this sense they will treat:

1. Human rights of the victims.

2. Truth.

6. Implementation, verification and countersignature.

The signing of the Final Agreement begins the implementation of all of the agreed points.

1. Mechanisms of implementaion and verification:

a. System of implementation, giving special importance to the regions.

b. Commissions of tracking and verification.

c. Mechanisms of resolution of differences.

These mechanisms will have the capacity and power of execution, and will be confirmed by representatives of the parts of society, following the case.

2. International accompaniment:

3. Schedule.

4. Budget.

5. Tool of dissemination and communication.

6. Mechanism of countersignature of the agreements.

The following operating rules:

1. In the sessions of the Table up to 10 people will participate per delegation, of which up to 5 will be plenipotentiaries who will carry the respective voice. Every delegation will be made up of up to 30 representatives.

2. With the end of contributing to the development of the process they can realize consultations of experts about the themes of the Agenda, once the corresponding procedure is sorted.

3. To guarantee the transparency of the process, the Table will elaborate periodic reports.

4. It will establish a mechanism to raise awareness to the advances of the Table. The discussions of the Table will not be made public.

5. It will implement a strategy of effective dissimination.

6. To guarantee the most open participation possible, it will establish a mechanism of reception of proposals about the points of the agenda of citizens and organizations, by physical or electronic means.

By mutual agreement and a determined time, the Table can make direct consultations and receive proposals about said points, or delegate a third the organization of spaces of participation.

7. The National Government guarantees the necessary resources for the operation of the Table, that will be administered in an efficient and transparent manner.

8. The Table will have the necessary technology to advance the process.

9. The conversations will initiate with the point of integral agricultural development policy and will continue with the order that the Table agrees.

10. The conversations will be given under the principle that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

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