BOGOTÁ, 29 Aug. –
Iván Márquez, who was the chief negotiator of the FARC in the peace talks and who was missing for a year, has reappeared this Thursday in a video with other leaders of the former guerrilla to announce “a new stage of fight for the awakening of consciences. ”
In the manifesto, 32 minutes long and broadcast on YouTube, Márquez has announced the creation of a new guerrilla to fight “the state's betrayal of the peace agreements in Havana” that ended five decades of armed struggle.
He also said that the new armed group will seek to “coordinate efforts” with the National Liberation Army (ELN), the main guerrilla in the country, and “with those comrades who have not folded their flags.”
Márquez, who speaks from somewhere in the Colombian jungle, has justified the passage because after the peace agreement and “the naive disarmament of the guerrillas for nothing” the deaths have not ceased. “In two years, more than 500 leaders of the social movement have been killed and there are already 150 dead ex-guerrillas in the midst of the indolence and indifference of the State,” he reported, according to the newspaper 'El Espectador'.
“All this, the trap, the betrayal and the perfidy, the unilateral modification of the text of the agreement, the breach of the commitments on the part of the State, the judicial assemblies and the legal insecurity forced us to return to the mountain”, he added.
“We were never defeated or defeated ideologically so the fight continues. History will record in its pages that we were forced to take up arms,” he said.
Márquez appears wrapped in the message by other FARC leaders who had moved away from the peace process, including Jesús Santrich, who had disappeared last June 30 from a territorial space for training and reinstatement of the former guerrillas.