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FARC-EP suspends arms and munitions purchases

Dialogos de Paz ColombiaThe guerilla commander explained on his Twitter account that he had issued the order to suspend the purchase of arms and munitions on September 30. He also made a call to reduce the intensity of the military conflict, which has caused the death of some 300,000 Colombians over the course of half a century.

Jiménez posted on the #DesescalamientoYa page, where he has been reporting on the progress of peace talks with the Colombian government aiming to bring the conflict to a peaceful end.

FARC-EP spokespersons recently requested the Colombian government to establish a mutual truce in order to move toward a definitive bilateral ceasefire.

The rebel group declared an autonomous ceasefire on July 20, the sixth of its kind, with the aim of reducing civilian casualties and advancing toward ending the conflict.
The initiative was followed by a presidential order to cease air strikes on insurgent camps, but hostilities continue with ground operations.
In other posts Jiménez denounced actions which threaten the unilateral agreement reached three months ago, including the persistence of military operations in areas where regiments under his command are based.
President Juan Manuel Santos noted the possibility of declaring a permanent ceasefire beginning January 1 or even earlier as a Christmas present to the nation, meanwhile the FARC-EP has requested that the Colombian government declare an immediate ceasefire.

As a result of the peace talks taking place in Cuba since 2012, the two parties have reached agreement on issues such as comprehensive agrarian reform, political participation with a focus on democratic processes, and the fight against drug trafficking.
They have also agreed to the creation of a Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a mechanism which prioritizes the rights of the victims and is to focus on truth seeking, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition; as well as an accord on disappeared persons, and a programtoclearrural areas of landmines, already begun in Antioquia.


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