COLOMBIA POLITICS: 20 June Weapons to Be Handed Over to UN: Rodrigo Londono Says

Politicoscope
By Politicoscope June 15, 2017 13:12
MOST POPULAR YOU MAY LIKE

POLITICS HOME: Current Political Article


“We have taken political decision. We respect the agreement, we will implement it, whatever it takes,” FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko said.

Continue below with the full current political topic.

COLOMBIA POLITICS: 20 June Weapons to Be Handed Over to UN: Rodrigo Londono Says

The leader of Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebel group told Reuters on Thursday that all the group’s weapons will be handed over to the United Nations by June 20 as planned, part of a peace deal signed with the government to end more than 52 years of war.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) need to give up the last 40 percent of their arms, as agreed last year with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. Nearly 60 percent of their arms were handed over by Tuesday..

“We have taken the political decision. We respect the agreement and we will implement it, whatever it takes,” FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko, said in an interview.

Under the accord, rejected in a public referendum but pushed through by congress, the FARC will become a political party and most fighters will receive amnesty after explaining their actions publicly.

Londono said the FARC were discussing internally the name of their future political party, which could be ultimately decided at a FARC congress in August.

“We are working with the date of August, the middle or the end of August. It could also be the beginning of September,” he said, declining to say which options for names were on the table.

“The Congress will decide all these things … democratically,” he said.

Londono was speaking after discussing the peace process together with Colombian foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin, in a rare joint public appearance outside Colombia by a member of the government and a FARC leader.

Asked on stage by Norwegian foreign minister Boerge Brende what the main stumbling blocks were for the peace process, Holguin said that the key was for Colombian farmers to feel they would be better off cultivating legal crops rather than coca, the crop used to produce cocaine.

“We must be able to give farmers the possibility of earning a living legally, instead of cultivating coca. We must substitute crops and remove the landmines,” she told the audience.

Colombia ranks second after Afghanistan on the list of countries with the most landmines, according to the NGO International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

“We are in a very difficult phase. Applying the accord is often more complicated than doing the deal in the first place,” she said.

Asked the same question, Londono said that reintegrating guerrilla fighters in society was key. Also, “we must remove violence from the exercise of politics,” he said.

– Reuters



Readers Who Read this Article Also Read



Up Next on Politicoscope

Share this Article: "COLOMBIA POLITICS: 20 June Weapons to Be Handed Over to UN: Rodrigo Londono Says"



Since You’re Here, We Would Like to ask You for Help
There are more readers worldwide reading the Politicoscope daily news content than ever before. Unlike many other news media organisations that charge their readers subscription fees for the same daily news content and features we offer you for free, we do not charge all our readers to pay any fee. We depend on online advertising to generate the revenues to fund all these great news content and exclusive features provided to you for free. Currently, advertising revenues are quickly falling which is affecting our ability to offer you free online news content.
If everyone who reads our news content, likes it and helps to support it, we can have future guarantee to offer you with the best daily news content and other amazing features, all for free.
"I visit Politicoscope everyday to read my daily news in world politics. I'm glad it's all for free. On my part, I'm happy to donate monthly so as to continue enjoying these free content because it's actually a small amount from me compared to paid subscriptions by other news organisations. I want to help Politicoscope grow more so that I and other readers can continue to have access to free and exclusive daily online news." - Denise H., from LA, USA.
Help keep Politicoscope alive and grow stronger for you.

Donate Online Today


Politicoscope
By Politicoscope June 15, 2017 13:12
Since You’re Here, We Would Like to ask You for Help
There are more readers worldwide reading the Politicoscope daily news content than ever before. Unlike many other news media organisations that charge their readers subscription fees for the same daily news content and features we offer you for free, we do not charge all our readers to pay any fee. We depend on online advertising to generate the revenues to fund all these great news content and exclusive features provided to you for free. Currently, advertising revenues are quickly falling which is affecting our ability to offer you free online news content.
If everyone who reads our news content, likes it and helps to support it, we can have future guarantee to offer you with the best daily news content and other amazing features, all for free.
"I visit Politicoscope everyday to read my daily news in world politics. I'm glad it's all for free. On my part, I'm happy to donate monthly so as to continue enjoying these free content because it's actually a small amount from me compared to paid subscriptions by other news organisations. I want to help Politicoscope grow more so that I and other readers can continue to have access to free and exclusive daily online news." - Denise H., from LA, USA.
Help keep Politicoscope alive and grow stronger for you.

Donate Online

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $10.00



What's on Your Mind?