On September 2, the Colombian government and FARC dissidents agreed to renew ceasefire talks. The decision comes after a pause since last May.
The High Commissioner for Peace made the announcement. They met for two days in Suárez, a town in Cauca.
Both parties will set up a new dialogue table. This table will have a legal and political framework.
International observers will also be present. Future updates will include the meeting’s date and location.
UN and OAS missions, along with religious organizations, will support the talks. They will serve as ongoing observers.
The government and FARC stopped talking last May after a tragic incident. The group killed four indigenous teenagers who refused to join them.
The next meeting is set for September 17. Both sides will assess previous commitments. They will also announce the start date for the peace talks.
The aim is to end the armed conflict and achieve lasting peace with social and environmental justice.
The Colombian government and FARC have a complex history. The FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, began in 1964.
It started as a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group. For decades, they engaged in violent conflict with the government.
The struggle resulted in thousands of deaths and displacements. In 2016, a landmark peace deal seemed to resolve the issue.
However, not all FARC members agreed with it. These dissenters continued armed activities, creating ongoing tension.
President Gustavo Petro’s administration aims to solve this through dialogue. These renewed talks mark another attempt at achieving a lasting peace.