The Colombian government and the National Unemployment Committee closed the eighth day of dialogue this Sunday without being able to reach an agreement, a few days before the month-long social outbreak that took the Colombians onto the streets.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia issued a statement following the end of the meeting, where they had been held since 9:00 a.m. local time, indicating that there was a “purposeful tone” during this time present has been retained in order to create a favorable environment “.
The letter also highlights that “the government has acted diligently to open a negotiating table with the National Unemployment Committee”, for which it has “proactively” analyzed “each of the proposals put forward” in relation to the guarantees given to the public and the public Public meet peaceful demonstration “, thanks to what” significant preliminary agreements “have been made.
The authorities have “shown full confidence that this process will continue” and will resume the dialogue on May 24th when new mobilizations are requested on the streets and when, in addition, Defense Minister Diego Molano will hold a debate on the motion of censure for the actions of the security forces to confront during the protests. Just one day later, on Tuesday, Molano had to face the same process in the House of Representatives.
The government has also announced that “in the coming days” the Vice President and Foreign Minister Martha Lucía Ramírez will travel to Switzerland to “promote contacts with the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council”.
On April 28, the national strike began, an open-ended strike against President Iván Duque’s government proposal for tax reform. The proposal was eventually withdrawn by the executive branch, but the protest continues to condemn police repression and Duque’s policies, and a range of social, health and educational demands were made.