After Wednesday’s historic handshake and the commitment to peace between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group, the groundwork begins towards completing a final accord in six months time.
The agreement demands the establishment of peace tribunals and a reconciliation commission to seek justice for victims.
On the streets of Bogota there is a sense that progress is being made: “This is a very important beginning so, after 50 years of war in our country, we Colombians can live in peace,” said one man.
Another believes that everyone involved must trust the process:“If that process doesn’t have truth and justice regarding the reparations it will create mistrust, but we’re all going to have to want this, we are all going to have to contribute, for this peace accord to work.”
President Juan Manuel Santos has vowed that once the final document is completed Colombians will be allowed to vote on the deal in a referendum.
Former president Alvaro Uribe derided the deal:
“The government and the president of the Supreme Court have accepted, as expected, that hostage-taking and narco-terrorism are to be treated with impunity like political crimes. This is a prize for the criminals and crimes against humanity. Like the massacre in Bojaya, the car bomb attack in Nogal
the assassination of the deputies from Valle del Cauca.”
After many attempts to find peace the talks this time round appear substantial and cover all the difficult areas in order to reach a wide ranging deal.