The Colombian government announced on Monday that it was ready to accept a “negotiating table” to deal with the crisis in the country after an initial meeting with the National Unemployment Committee, which ended without an agreement and found differences. in terminology to address contacts.
This was the term the committee defended and which they accused the government of not using it, which to them showed that there were no guarantees of initiating a dialogue to put an end to the demonstrations that had been going on for thirteen Days fill the Colombian streets.
Hours later, shortly before midnight on Monday, High Commissioner for Peace Miguel Ceballos announced that “from this point on the national government is fully ready to prepare a negotiating table with the National Committee on Unemployment to take the issues forward”. on the agenda that we will endorse the support of the Catholic Church and the United Nations. “
This was confirmed by a video after it was stated that the administration had analyzed the proposals put on the table at this first “exploratory meeting”. This announcement therefore opens the door to negotiations that will put an end to the violence in the Latin American country.
Ceballos added that “we must guarantee security and order to all citizens of Colombia, but always within the framework of respect for human rights”, elaborating that “there will be no tolerance for violations of the Constitution and the functions of civil servants and the law including public authority. “
With this in mind, Ceballos has pointed out that the police and the army “make every effort to protect ourselves and our families, for whom they also deserve respect and whose lives must also be protected”.
The protests, which rocked Colombia for twelve days and claimed at least 27 deaths according to the government – more than 40 according to civil organizations – began as a mobilization against the tax reform proposed by the government of President Iván Duque, but only once it is withdrawn, seven demands remain exist and will be on the table in negotiations between the executive and the National Unemployment Committee.