from activists and scholars, January 11, 2002
THE GOVERNMENT OF COLOMBIA, THE FARC, THE UNITED NATIONS, COLOMBIAN SOCIETY
AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
We who sign below
are completely persuaded that the only valid and viable alternative for
Colombia to deepen and consolidate democracy in the country is through
a negotiated solution to the internal armed conflict. Recourse to armed
confrontation will never lead to a legitimate and lasting peace. Colombia
needs peace with principles and not a fratricidal and degraded confrontation.
In the face of the
situation generated in the last 24 hours in terms of of the frustrated
conversations between the government and the FARC, we make an appeal to
the UN to organize and to send a Special Mission to Colombia in an expeditious
fashion. This Mission would seek to restore communication between the
parties and to faciliate the elaboration of a minimum agenda to place
the process on firm and verifiable bases in order to help assure a negotiated
political outcome to the national armed conflict.
At the same time,
we ask the presidential candidates to meet in order to promote a statement
with the same goals and in order to establish the basic initial parameters
for a future policy of the State in this matter. The candidates should
be willing to pledge their support to these goals regardless of the electoral
result for the office of the presidency.
In addition, we
extend an invitation to the Group of 7 plus Russia, the Rio Group, the
European Union and the United States to offer their good offices to help
insure the sucess of the effort of the United Nations in this process.
At the same time, we propose the conformation of a National Committee
of Verification to be established through an agreement between the Government
of Colombia and the FARC, with the object of examining specifically the
issue of the guarantees required for the process of negotiation in this
Finally, we ask
the Government of Colombia and the FARC to accept the presence and the
steps taken by the Special Mission of the UN, as well as all other efforts
which contribute to the proposed goal of a negotiated solution to the
Colombia armed conflict.
Firman por Colombia,
Álvaro Camacho, Eduardo Pizarro, Gonzalo Sánchez, Alfredo
Molano, María Emma Mejía, Alejo Vargas, Juan Carlos Flores,
Daniel García-Peña, Enrique Santos Calderón, Rafael
Santos Calderón, Alvaro Tirado, Rodrigo Pardo, Guillermo González,
Ana Cristina Mejía, Juan Tokatlián, Mauricio Reina, Magdalena
León, Francisco Leal, Arturo Escobar, Jaime Zuluaga, Clara Nieto,
León Valencia, Iván Orozco, así como los miembros
del Programa de Desarrollo y Paz del Magdalena Medio Francisco de Roux,
Javier Moncayo, Francisco Cruz, Miriam Villegas, Artemio Mejía,
Agueda Plata, Fernando Avila y Ubencel Duque. Siguen más firmas.
Por Estados Unidos,
Bruce Bagley, William Smith, Jonathan Hartlyn, Adam Isacson, Douglas Sofer,
Kimberly Stanton y siguen decenas de firmas.
Por Francia, Daniel
Pecaut y Jean-Michel Blanquer.
Por Austria, Gerhard
Por Canada, Catherine
LeGrand y Cristina Rojas
En total hay unas