FARC-Colombia Negotiations Update
On March 27, 2015 the 34th round of talks ended in Havana, Cuba. The lead negotiator for the Colombian government Humberto de la Calle says that a group of delegates from the Ministries of Defense and Justice, the Armed Forces’ Transition Command, the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace and Cuban and Norwegian experts has been set up in order to work on proposals for transitional justice for military and police personnel that have been accused of violating human rights. There will be three different groups dealing with references, the direction of the project and a project management group.
After the talks concluded, the Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez voiced his confusion on the government’s decision to let go of two key members of their negotiation team, retired Army General Jorge Mora and retired Police General Oscar Naranjo. He says that it “generates distrust in the security forces and among citizens”. After the comments of Ordoñez, President Santos requested that Ordoñes stop “playing politics” and let him make the decisions regarding the peace talks because he is the one in charge. Two days after, Santos tweeted “In what language do I have to repeat that Gens. Mora and Naranjo are still plenipotentiary negotiators and will be in Havana for the next round?”
On April 8, 2015 after tensions increased between President Santos and Alejandro Ordoñez, Ordoñez publicized a list of 45 questions for the Colombian government about the victims, transitional justice and post-conflict implementation. Santos responded by saying the Presidency will create a web page to respond to those and more questions about the talks.
The 35th round of talks began in Havana, Cuba on April 10th, 2015.