Former commanders of the Farc assure that President Duque is lying to the country in relation to the reparation to the victims

In the photo: from left to right Gabriél Ángel, Julián Gallo, Rodrigo Londoño, Pablo Catatumbo, Rodrigo Granda, Pastor Alape (Colprensa – Camila Díaz)

After President Iván Duque described as “ridiculous” the management of the former FARC guerrillas in the reparation of the victims, Senator Julián Gallo, known as Carlos Antonio Lozada, as well as the director of the Comunes political party, Rodrigo Londono ‘Timochenko’, spoke about it and distorted what was said by the Colombian president.

Duque’s very harsh statement was given in the framework of his visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, where he not only criticized the management of the ex-secretariat of the extinct guerrilla, but also surprisingly highlighted the work of the Special Jurisdiction of Peace (JP).

For his part, Rodrigo Londoño acknowledged that “the reparation has been derisory” but assured that it is not at the disposition of him and his co-supporters (made up of former commanders and those reincorporated), but because the Duque government “it has not repaired more than 9 million registered victims”.

And I add: “A decade of the victims’ law and nothing happens with reparation. The disappeared FARC delivered goods and neither. What happened to those resources, Duke? Londono questioned.

Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez speaks as he meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Belgium February 14, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool
Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez speaks as he meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Belgium February 14, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

On the other hand, Senator Gallo went further in his response to the head of state and assured that Iván Duque’s vehement accusations before the international community are unacceptable; he even described the Executive as “incapable”.

“We handed over to the Colombian State, through the United Nations, the list of assets and it is due to your inability, Mr. President, that your government has not been able to lay hands on those assets. Likewise, you lie to the country when you say that the extension of the Victims’ Law is a product of your government,” said the ex-FARC congressman.

On the other hand, the senator, who will now repeat his seat in the Congress of the Republic, criticized the Democratic Center bench, which has repeatedly opposed making substantial advances in the cited norm.

In addition, he reminded President Duque that 309 ex-combatants have been murdered since he came to power, for which he urged him to put aside stigmatization. His harsh words were given to the fact that the president made strong statements during his time at the ICC such as:

“Let’s be clear, the State has been fulfilling its role, not only has it extended the victims’ law, not only has it advanced in individual but collective reparations, it is also clear that there is information that is absolutely indisputable, the contributions for reparation of the victims by the perpetrators have been ridiculous”, Duque stated before the press, while exhorting ex-combatants to contribute with the truth to clarify various crimes of the armed conflict.

“That is important to generate true trust in these processes, the truth has to be all, it has to be fast, in justice there has to be a sanction, behaviors have to be sanctioned in a proportional manner in light of international law and the reparation has to be be economic, moral and material. We Colombians hope that the perpetrators really contribute because if they do not contribute to reparation, that also constitutes a serious breach,” said the head of state.

The president spoke about the current macro-cases of the JEP for the crimes of the FARC and the State security forces and assured that “not only will they have a prompt evaluation, but we will also see sentences”.

Even Duke trusts that the JEP and the ordinary justice system “Continue to exercise your responsibilities and build the principles of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition as the elements that must give all Colombians the confidence to truly defeat impunity in our country.”


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