Colombia´s FARC; Finally A Real Compromise, but Nobody to Compromise with.
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) On 20 January the unilaterally declared ceasefire between the Marxist FARC and the Colombian government expires. The FARC declared the unilateral ceasefire on 19 November 2012, the first day of peace talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC in Havana, Cuba. The cease fire should, according to some observers, lay the ground for what many Colombians hoped to be the beginning of what could be described under the motto “Finally A Real Compromise“.
Not much about the sensitive and complex negotiations, which involve both domestic and foreign policy factors has transpired. The fact that the government forces have killed at least 34 FARC soldiers since 19 November however, does neither indicate good will from the side of the government nor significant progress made during the negotiations.
The unilateral cease fire could and most likely would have been automatically prolonged by the FARC if the government forces had observed the truce. Colombia´s President Juan Manuel Santos however, has refused to take part in the negotiations, rejected a bilateral cease fire, and chosen the military solution while negotiations continued semi-officially only.
At a news-conference in Havana the lead negotiator of the FARC, Ivan Marquez, informed the press that there will be no extension of the unilateral cease fire and that the FARC will resume military operations after 20 January. Marquez stated that the FARC only would continue the cease fire if the government finds it reasonable to declare a bilateral cease fire.
The civil war in Colombia, which began in 1964, is the longest lasting conflict on the South American continent. The Colombian government is receiving significant support from the United States. Strangely enough, as the American journalist and former L.A. Narcotics Officer Michael J. Ruppert has documented in his book “Crossing the Rubicon“, the USA has previously offered the FARC that it could invest its money, and in particular its drug money on Wall Street. The offer was rejected by the FARC which declared that it would rather invest its money in Colombia where it benefits the Colombian people.
The FARC began its insurrection in 1964 to protest and fight against centralized land ownership, social injustice. Unless the Colombian government would be willing to address these core issues, that is, work toward a comprehensive land reform, increase social justice, secure a cessation of the criminally violent oppression of trade unions, reform movements and progressive politicians, and work toward more direct democracy, it is very likely that yet another offer to compromise fails due to an entrenched Colombian government which is receiving its order from the White House and pay check from Wall Street.
Christof Lehmann 12.01.2013