Title: Peace as the Fruit of Justice: Social Organization and the Peace Process in Colombia
Author: Rev. Milton Meija, The Programme for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia (PEAC)
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: March 2013
On March 20th, negotiators from Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group closed another round of peace talks in Havana without reaching a much-anticipated deal on one of the peace talks six primary points. In a joint communiqué released earlier this month, the two sides indicated substantial progress: “We have advanced in the construction of an accord on the following issues: land access and use; unproductive lands; formalization of property; agricultural frontier; and protection of [smallholder] reserve zones.” Yet, the lack of deal before the Easter recess has left many civil society and ecumenical organizations in Colombia feeling unnerved.
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we present two voices from Karibu partner The Programme for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia (PEAC). The first article, from Rev. Milton Mejia, reflects on the situation on the ground for many in Colombia. The second, written by Blanca Lucia Echeverry, provides concrete suggestions for how to strengthen and secure the peace process today.