The Colombian government and FARC will form a sub-committee at the Havana peace talks to discuss a “bilateral and definitive ceasefire,” according to a joint statement released on Tuesday.
The sub-committee, to commence work on August 22, will consist of 10 members from each delegation and aims to address “the end of the conflict;” the third point in the six-point agenda of the peace talks still underway in Havana, Cuba.
The sub-committee will establish a timeline for an eventual “abandonment of arms” and a “definitive ceasefire” through the analysis and review of similar national and international conflicts with successful outcomes, according to the joint communique.
The joint communique also announced the establishment of a separate sub-committee to consider gender in the context of a final agreement, as well as the creation of the Historical Commission of the conflict whose focus will be analyzing the causes of Colombia’s half-century armed conflict.
Peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government have been ongoing since November 2012. So far, both parties have come to agreements on the topics of agrarian land reform, political participation, and illicit drugs.
- JOINT COMMUNIQUE # 40 (FARC-EP peace website)