Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, has begun outlining the structure and methods which will be used to discuss the final topic of the peace process with the Colombian government, the end of the conflict, local media reported on Wednesday
The final phase of the peace talks includes the political incorporation of the FARC guerrillas into political and public life, the demobilization of the armed group, and criminal penalties for the FARC’s leaders.
The discussions are also currently attempting to determine the role of victims in the peace talks, as a 15 delegate list was presented to representatives of the FARC and the government, according to national radio Caracol.
The victims of Colombia’s armed conflict will be represented for the first time in the ongoing peace negotiations with the FARC in Havana, Cuba. This also marks the first time that the FARC recognized that they have been victimizers in the Colombian armed conflict.
Also to be discussed is a truth committee that will deal with the conflict in general, as well as an official recognition of the origins, causes, and prolongation of the Colombian armed conflict.
The Colombian government and the FARC have been in peace negotiations since 2012, currently taking place in Havana, Cuba.
The dialogues were a contentious issue in the previous presidential elections with re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos claiming his election would bring “peace” while his challenger, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, promised a “peace with justice,” implying that Santos would allow FARC members to enter political office without prison time.
Talks were recently announced between the Colombian government and the second largest rebel group in the country, the ELN, in mid-June.