Iván Name, president of the Senate of Colombia. Twitter @IvanNameVasquez
Through a statement, the upper house of Congress expressed solidarity with the president of that corporation, Iván Name, who on the morning of Monday, November 28, was a victim of intimidation by the largest of the dissidents of the extinct guerrilla. of the FARC, whose top leader is alias Iván Mordisco.
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“Senators of the Peace and Post-Conflict Commission of the Senate of the Republic express their resounding rejection of the slander and threats of the Central General Staff (EMC) to Senator Humberto de la Calle; to the president of the Senate Iván Name; Former President of the Senate José David Name and the Name Family (sic),” they stated in the letter.
Precisely, the insurgent group launched it against the congressman who expressed his support for De la Calle in the middle of this month, who was also disqualified and threatened by the EMC after he stated that this group is a drug trafficking structure.
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“We thought not to answer a subject of no great importance such as Senator Name, however the question of why is he coming out in defense of Humberto de la Calle? remains unresolved and our curiosity leads us to move forward. It could be an act of solidarity, but these types of subjects do not know that word (sic),” they indicated in a letter.
In the Peace Commission they reiterated that these expressions represented a constraint against the congressman and his family, with a long history in the Legislature.
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“These types of threatening actions are unacceptable in a democratic society that promotes dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The Senators have contributed with their experience and commitment to building peace. “His work has been crucial in the search for fair and equitable solutions to overcome the challenges facing our nation (sic),” he indicated.
In the letter, the congressmen also asked the authorities to protect the congressman and his relatives after the accusations of the armed group.
“That they exhaustively investigate these intimidations and take the necessary measures to guarantee the safety and full exercise of the functions of the Senators and the Name family. Democracy and the rule of law must prevail over any form of violence or threat (sic),” they added.
They concluded the statement with a call for reconciliation and to insist on a negotiated solution to the violence suffered in Colombia with these structures outside the law.
“We reiterate our commitment to building peace in Colombia and defending the fundamental rights of those who work tirelessly for the well-being of society. We will not allow acts of this nature to hinder progress towards a more just, inclusive and peaceful country,” the document concludes.
At the time, Name gave a strong speech against the EMC when that group pointed out that De la Calle profited from peace, after being the negotiator with the extinct FARC guerrilla, and that with his criticism of them he now sought to live off the peace. war.
“Our State, the nation, our society and its democratic expression, which is Parliament, rejects firmly, with energy and reiterates that the Colombian Parliament and its columns remain immovable in defense of democracy, facing the factors and actors of a “A war that makes no sense except for its traffickers, who do not have the level, who do not have the argument and who do not have the way to point us out, and even less to a man of the integrity and greatness of Humberto de la Calle,” he said. on that occasion the president of the Senate.