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Colombia completes normally first week ceasefire with FARC

The high historical bilateral and definitive fire between the Colombian government and the FARC met today its first week under the strictest compliance without registration dead or fighting, representing an advance of the new era that the country looks.


The report offered it the first week President Juan Manuel Santos first thing: "There has been neither dead, nor any fighting since the entry into force of the ceasefire with the FARC," he said forcefully.

The ceasefire and bilateral hostilities began at midnight on August 29, just five days after the Colombian government and the FARC peace agreement initialed one after nearly four years of talks in Havana.

Thus he ended 52 years of armed conflict, although 13 months before the two sides had initiated a reduction of their offensive, bringing the level of violence in the country to record lows.

The FARC began a unilateral ceasefire on July 20 last year which was answered by Santos with a suspension of bombing against their camp, the main weapon used by law enforcement to successfully combat the guerrillas.

"Many Colombians lives have been saved," said Santos today to take stock of the first week without fighting.

The president stressed the importance of these seven days compared to what happened in the same period of previous years.

Between 29 August and 4 September 2010, for example, there were five dead and six wounded among civilians, soldiers and police. In addition, one person was kidnapped, she recalled.

Those numbers contrast with those recorded in the last seven days and serve "to understand the magnitude" of what has been achieved.

"That same week in 2010 there were fifteen violent actions by the FARC, that is a little more than two a day. This week: Zero, "said the Colombian president.

The definitive ceasefire was ordered by Santos last August 25 and responded three days later with an identical instruction FARC leader Rodrigo LondoƱo Echeverri, alias "Timoshenko".

Take that step after reaching an agreement was a promise by President established that during the nearly four years of negotiations faced many criticisms and burned much of his political capital.

However, the safe arrival has meant, as he said today, to show the reasons for the effort during the time of the dialogues.

"Every week, every day we live without conflict with the FARC, Colombian saved lives," Santos said Monday forcefully.

That is, he explained, "the clear and obvious benefit" have ended the armed conflict over half a century.

"Saving these lives every day is the central objective of the peace agreement signed with the FARC on 24 August," he added.

But to get to implement that agreement missing two steps, approved by the guerrillas in their National Conference, to be held between 17 and 23 September and to ratify Colombian citizens in the plebiscite to be held on October 2 .

Among those events will take place the signing of the peace agreement in a ceremony to be held on 26 September in Cartagena de Indias.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry reported that is conducting educational sessions on peace throughout the country facing the plebiscite and today was the turn of Boyaca department (center).

At these meetings they explain to students, members of community action, public servants from different municipalities and citizens in general the contents of the final agreement.

The aim is to resolve questions that can raise the final text of 297 pages and with a highly technical content to convince Colombians to vote "yes" on October 2.

Meanwhile, the president Alvaro Uribe, the main opposition to the peace process continues its campaign for the "no" which launched Sunday in Medellin.

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