Published On: Fri, Dec 30th, 2016

FARC Demobilization Deadline Extended Until January 10 Due to Logistical Problems

nsnbc : The deadline for the demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) has been extended due to the Colombian government’s logistical problems with setting up demobilization camps and the late approval of an amnesty bill that is part of the peace accord.

Courtesy the Office of the Ombudsman.

Courtesy the Office of the Ombudsman.

The FARC-Ep was scheduled o demobilize some 16,000 troops before the end of 2016. However, the deadline has now been extended until January 10 as the government has problems with establishing the demobilization camps, and especially with establishing the camps in such a manner that they perserve the health and dignity of the guerrilla; not to mention safeguarding their security.

Some of the demobilization camps, by some ironically described as “concentration camps” were never even established. Reasons for the failure to establish these camps have not been provided by the government. Only one of five planned demobilization camps in Antioquia province has thus far even been established, report local sources.

On Wednesday, after weeks of claiming that FARC-EP guerrilla did not adhere to the demobilization agreement, Colombian President Juan manuel Santos, on Wednesday, finally admitted that many, in fact most of the so-called ZVTN camps hadn’t been established.

After 52 years of civil war, the FARC-EP and the government signed a peace accord in 2016. Negotiations began unofficially in 2011 and the official phase of the peace talks was launched in the Cuban capital Havana in 2012. The FARC will be transformed into a legal, non-militant political party.

A/N & F/AK – nsnbc 30.12.2016

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