WILL CONFRONT THREATS TO THE PEACE PROCESS WITH THE ELN: MINISTER OF INTERIORS
Bogotá, D.C., April
2, 2001 (ANCOL). -
Armando Estrada Villa,
Minister of Interior, warned today that the Government will confront any
threat that intends to stop the initiation of a peace process will the
National Liberation Army, ELN, and the creation of the possible Encounter
"The Colombian State
can´t slow down on decisions as important as this one because of threats.
This threat has to be confronted. The State, headed by the President,
is willing to confront Carlos Castaño," said Estrada Villa.
The Minister of Interior
reiterated the fact that the Executive will combat illegal right wing
militias till its last consequences and will not allow them to threat
the population and the leaders that declare themselves in favor of the
headed by the President of the Republic, is willing to confront Carlos
Castaño with its Public Forces, with the help of the citizenry and above
all, with the certainty that we are working for a process that is good
for the country." Estrada Villa made this declarations at the conclusion
of the third reunion of the Common Peace Front Against Violence in the
Nariño Presidential House.
During today´s meeting
the Government gave a detailed report of the progress of the processes
with the ELN and the Farc.
Concerning the ELN,
he said that the national convention is being defined. "This has to be
done soon because it's a challenge for the Government, and this way we
will give an answer to Castaño," he said.
Concerning the Farc,
he said that progress is being made in the issue of a Humanitarian Agreement
and that actually all the possibilities are being analyzed so that this
agreement is applied with all the current judicial norms and according
to International Humanitarian Law. Additionally he said that the fact
that the Farc hasn´t liberated Coronel Alvaro Acoste Argote is unbelievable.