A communiqué attributed to the Central General Staff, one of the FARC dissidents, indicates that they will not attack the signatories of the peace agreement who were in the ETCR Mariana Páez in Mesetas (Meta). (Archive)
The threats against ex-combatants of the extinct FARC guerrilla in the Mariana Páez Territorial Space for Reincorporation (ETCR), which is located in the rural area of the Mesetas municipality, in the west of the department of Meta, led to the dissidence that harassed them, the Central General Staff, apparently issued two communiqués, one in which they justified their threats against the signatories of the peace agreement and another in which they retracted their action.
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The first of these supposed missives was released by the Blu Radio station, there the members of that group at the service of drug trafficking maintained that the members of the aforementioned ETCR were taking part in the confrontations they are holding against Segunda Marquetalia and the ELN in that eastern part of the country.
“The events originated by the request to the ex-combatants of the former Mariana Páez village area to leave the region, obeys the blows of the confrontation that we sustain with the Second Marquetalia (sic),” the document states.
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However, the members of the ETCR did not respond to the call not to take part in the hostilities, after a meeting they held with that group that responds to the orders of alias Iván Mordisco.
“In a meeting held with their delegates, they were asked to step aside and not take sides in the conflict. The support bases that Aldinever left made the few ex-combatants there part of this lawsuit. Even more, helping the ELN to enter the zone (sic)”, the statement indicates.
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For this reason, they were warned that if they were going to intervene in these confrontations, they should return to uniform and not mix with the civilian population.
The alleged statement from the Central General Staff had a publication date of last Wednesday, March 22, but on the night of Friday, March 24, journalist William Parra from Noticentro Uno CM& published another apparent statement attributed to that group on his official Twitter account. illegal arming in which they pledged to respect the lives of those reinstated that they had threatened.
“The FARC EP informs the President of the Republic, and the High Commissioner for Peace that we will not attempt against the life and integrity of the signatories of Mesetas and their families, their permanence in the village will not be questioned by our organization (sic )”, it is assured in that second statement.
Alleged communiqué from the Central Major Command. (Screenshot)
The document also states that the decision was taken as a gesture of commitment to the National Government’s Total Peace policy and the suspension of the arrest warrants against some of its criminal bosses.
“The crisis caused by the determination of the FARC EP in relation to the Mariana Páez Veredal Zone, are issues that can be solved. For the sake of the compliance environment of the national government and the Attorney General of the Nation to facilitate the meeting of commanders, and soon to install the national mechanism, we inform that these are gestures that must be reciprocally responded to (sic)”, they added in the letter.
And they concluded the statement by assuring that they are a group open to criticism and that they exalt themselves with correction and calls for attention.
The threats against the signatories of the peace agreement of the ETCR of Mesetas have provoked controversy in the last two weeks, since it has resulted in the forced displacement of these people, as denounced by Rodrigo Londoño ‘Timochenko’, the former top insurgent chief of the FARC.
“Mr. President, 86 women mothers head of the family; 80 boys and girls, among them, 30 arms; seniors and disabled people; members of 200 families that have been displaced from Mesetas (Meta), from the ETCR Mariana Páez. There, where we handed over weapons in compliance with the agreements between the extinct FARC-EP and the Colombian State (sic)”, she explained.