A FARC dissidence joins Petro’s ‘total peace’ proposal and announces a ceasefire
This group belongs to the Second Marquetalia, which left the Peace Agreement in 2019.
The Alfonso Cano Western Bloc, belonging to the dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reported that they will bow to the ceasefire.
In a statement read in a video circulating on social media, the bloc founded in 1993 as one of the FARC units announced its “full support” for the presidential proposal for a “multilateral ceasefire,” which is part of the Gustavo Petro’s total peace proposal to put an end to the violence in the country.
This Post-FARC Armed Group (GAPF), according to the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation (Pares), joined the Second Marquetalia in 2021, a faction made up of 2,000 members under the command of Luciano Martín, AKA ‘Iván Márquez’, who participated in the peace negotiations in 2016 and withdrew from the process in 2019, alleging that the State betrayed the peace agreements.
In the video, the spokesman for the armed group recalled that as a guerrilla organization it signed the Peace Agreement on September 26, 2016, during the mandate of Juan Manuel Santos, “which was on the right track until the arrival of [Iván] Duque”.
In the opinion of the Bloc, Duque “failed to comply with the agreement”, which generated “a wave of murders” of former FARC combatants.
They allege that the deaths of several signatories of the Peace Agreement “forced them to take up arms” to defend their lives because they didn’t have “any kind of government support.”
“We have relied countless times on politically negotiated solutions to this conflict. We have learned from every setback and mistake and we never close the doors to dialogue,” he says in the video recorded in an unknown location.
This announcement occurs the same week in which delegations from the Colombian Government and the active guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) signed a statement in Caracas to agree to restart the peace talks, interrupted in 2019 during the previous Administration.
Until the end of September, more than a dozen armed groups, including several factions of the FARC, initiated the multilateral ceasefire.