The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, made this Sunday, August 7, in his investiture speech a call to “all the armed to lay down their weapons in the mists of the past” so that “peace is possible” and thus “end, once and for all, with six decades of violence and conflict.”
“For peace to be possible in Colombia, we need to dialogue, dialogue a lot, understand each other, seek common paths, produce changes,” Petro stressed in his speech at Plaza de Bolívar, in the heart of Bogotá.
Without referring to any specific illegal group, Petro called for the laying down of arms and for the groups to accept “legal benefits in exchange for peace, in exchange for the definitive non-repetition of violence, to work as owners of a prosperous economy but legal, that ends the backwardness of the regions”
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Prior to his inauguration, the armed paramilitary organizations Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), also known as Clan del Golfo, announced a “unilateral ceasefire” to seek “paths of peace” before the leftist’s arrival at the Casa de Nariño.
“The outgoing regime of President Duque has finally ended,” the armed group reported in a statement. They assure that the Government that ended today “was representative of all the things that must change in a country to achieve the elusive peace.”
Thus, they hope that as of this Sunday “a different era will begin for the troubled homeland”, in which they will lift “all the extreme measures” that they have had to “execute”, and decree “a unilateral cessation of offensive hostilities, as an expression of good will with the Government that begins”.
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