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FARC-EP: We Offer Colombians a Peaceful Christmas

Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Commander Ivan Marquez, member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), stated on Thursday that after a month after the unilateral ceasefire, the guerrilla will offer the country a peaceful Christmas, according to a communiqué released at the International Convention Center in Havana.

In contrast with our stance, the communiqué underlined, President Juan Manuel Santos has announced that he will strengthen the war in the national territory, a senselessness that is not in tune with the people. Colombians know the guerrilla forces have never yielded to military pressures.

Marquez urged the Government that “if it is still determined to go to war, at least it should reduce its effects on the population by signing a normalization treaty to govern the conduct of adversaries in order to preserve people’s lives.”

At the declaration, Marquez described the agricultural forum, which recently concluded in Bogota, as successful, with results to be presented at the peace talks on January 8.

On Thursday, the Government press team, headed by former vice President Humberto de la Calle, announced that they will issue a communiqué on Friday after the end of the second cycle.

The FARC-EP has scheduled a press conference to be held two hours later.