The advances of the negotiations between the government and the FARC-EP in Havana become more concrete and hopeful every day. The announcements made by the chief negotiators from the government’s and guerrillas’ negotiating teams regarding the declaration of a bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities in the country is a signal that we are advancing down definite paths toward the ending of the armed conflict between these two parties. What’s more, the FARC-EP, which up until now has been reluctant to accept the concentration of its combatants in specific zones of the country, have taken a definitive step toward approving the sites suggested by the Santos administration for that purpose.
On Wednesday, September 17 the Victims Unit (Unidad de Victimas) and the Colombian Institute for Rural Development (INCODER) visited the Las Pavas community to move the Collective Reparation process forward. They also investigated violations that the Aportes San Isidro (ASI) palm oil company has committed against the community. The first was the reinstallation of a gate that prevents Las Pavas community members from travelling on the main road to their farms, forcing them to take a difficult detour through the jungle. The second was the construction of a house and resettlement of a family on Las Pavas land. The latter is an illegal invasion of state land.