In Bogota, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) continue the road taken to transform itself into a political party in 2017, and have registered themselves at the National Electoral Council under the symbol "Voices of peace and reconciliation".
According to a note sent to Fides, activists for Human Rights of the
National University of Marcha Patriotic movements, Patriotic Union (UP)
and the Communist Party, met with leaders of the FARC, Ivan Marquez and
Pastor Alape, to talk about the future profile of the party.
Meanwhile, in Rome, Pope Francis met first separately and then together
with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and former president
Alvaro Uribe. In the meetings - informs the press room of the Holy See -
"appreciation was expressed for the Pope’s support to the peace process
and the hope that such peace is stable and lasting. The meeting was
very important with regards to the unity among the Colombian political
forces and the commitment of the FARC-EP, while the local Church will
continue to offer its contribution in favor of national reconciliation
and education aimed at forgiveness and harmony".
The declaration of the
Vatican press office does not refer to any "mediation" between the
Colombian government and FARC on behalf of the Holy See.
expressed by Pope Francis is to promote dialogue among the Colombian
leaders, and ask to carry out any kind of action that has the goal of
real and lasting peace, as envisaged by the recent agreements in
All, now, agree that the task faced by the entire national
team is to fully implement the agreements signed, in order to establish
the long-awaited peace in the country.