OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

14:30-. The ceremony of the signing of the historic agreements on a bilateral ceasefire and end to hostilities ends.

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14:28-.Juan Manuel Santos: Peace isn’t a dream, peace was made possible and now it is possible, and peace is what we are going to build, he concluded.

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14:25-.Santos: The end of the conflict is the starting point from which to construct, united in our diversity, a country where there is space for all.

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14:22-.Juan Manuel Santos praised this new step taken by the FARC-EP under the leadership of Timoleón, noting that the struggle for their convictions will no longer be an armed one.

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14:20-. The Colombian President noted that the final accord will be signed in Colombia and thanked all those who have contributed to the peace talks, in particular Cuba.

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14:20-.Santos stated that families displaced by violence will return without fear to an even more democratic country, site of a lasting peace.

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14:18-.Juan Manuel Santos: the agreement represents the end of a war with Colombia’s biggest and oldest guerrilla organization. There will be justice for victims.

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14:17-. The Colombian President recognized the work of UN representative, observer countries and friends of Colombia which will all work to guarantee the ceasefire is respected and the process of laying down of weapons successfully carried out.

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14:17-.Juan Manuel Santos: The agreements to day are a guarantee of a solid peace providing security to all Colombians.

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14:16-. Juan Manuel Santos: Today a new chapter is being opened one which will allow us to heal wounds and ensure our children do not suffer a repeat of this story. The time to live without war has arrived. The time to be a country of peace, with hope is now.

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14:15-.Juan Manuel Santos: today is an historic day for Colombia, after 50 years of pain we have finally put an end to the armed conflict with the FARC-EP.

Photo: Cuban television

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14:14-. Juan Manuel Santos, president of the Republic of Colombia speaks.

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14:12-.Let this be the last day of war, noted Timoleón Jiménez.

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14:08-. Today peace is closer than ever, we are thinking about efforts to generate profound changes in Colombian life, thinking about the interests of the majority, stated Timoleón.

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14:06-. The Colombian state must ensure that no citizen is persecuted on the basis of their political beliefs, he noted.

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14:04-.Timoleón Jiménez stressed the need to fulfil all elements of the agreement.

Photo: Cuban television

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14:04-.Timoleón Jiménez: We will have to work hard in order to fulfil all agreements in their entirety. The fulfilment of the final agreement will require the constant participation of the people.

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14:02-. The signing of this agreement is the best opportunity for our people to advance toward a lasting peace.

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14:00-.Timoleón Jiménez: What is about to be agreed, is not the surrender of the insurgency, but a product of serious dialogue between two forces in conflict for over half a century, with neither able to defeat the other.

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14:00-.Timoleón Jiménez: Today, 52 years on, we FARC-EP guerrillas, alongside the government of Juan Manuel Santos, are sealing pacts which leave us at the doors to establishing a final agreement which will enable us to return to our legal political exercise.

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13:58-. FARC-EP Commander Timoleón Jiménez begins his speech, recalling the figure of eternal leader Hugo Chávez Frías, who played a key role in the peace process being constructed in Havana today.

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13:55-.Ban Ki-moon: Let us work together to make the promise of peace sealed today in Havana, a reality.

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13:54-.Ban Ki-moon: Mobilizing the people and necessary resources will be vital, as peace talks continue and pending issues remain. We are doing everything possible in the UN so that this process of talks becomes a process of implementing peace.

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13:54-.Ban Ki-moon: The Colombian peace process validates the perseverance of all those involved in the pertinent search for a peaceful solution.

Photo: Cuban television

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13:52-.Ban Ki-moon congratulated Cuba and Norway on their concerted efforts supporting the peace agreements.

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13:50-.Ban Ki-moon: today is an important day for Colombia, and Latin America and the Caribbean in general.

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13:50-. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, begins his speech.

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13:47-.Raúl Castro: we are sure that Colombia’s future will be peace.

Photo: Cuban television

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13:47-.Raúl congratulated the Colombian government and FARC-EP for their tireless efforts and commitment to achieving important advances.

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13:46-.Raúl Castro: The commitment of the Cuban people and government to peace has and always will be permanent.

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13:46-.Raúl Castro: In the face of difficulties, dialogue; in the face of challenges, agreement.

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1:45-.Raúl: The decision to sign commitments on the bilateral and definitive ceasefire and end of hostilities and disarmament, represents a definitive step forward. The peace process is irreversible.

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1:42-. The President of Cuba, Raúl Castro Ruz, speaks following the signing of these important agreements for peace in Colombia.

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1:42-.Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz hands over copies of the agreement – one of the most important of this peace process - to the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and FARC-EP Commander, Timoleón Jiménez.

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1:40-. The guarantors for Cuba, Rodolfo Benítez, and Norway, Dag Nylander, and the accompanying nations of Venezuela and Chile, represented by Presidents Nicolás Maduro and Michelle Bachelet, also sign this historic document.

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1:38-. The agreements are signed. Dr. Humberto la Calle, head of the Colombian government delegation, and Iván Márquez, head of the FARC-EP delegation, sign the agreement.

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1:35-. Guarantor for Norway: The creation of an elite corps of the national police was agreed to disable the criminal organizations covered by the agreement.

Photo: Cuban television

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1:35-. On security, Norway’s Foreign Minister addresses the establishment of a joint protection body for members of the FARC-EP during the process of reintegration into civilian life.

Photo: Cuban television

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1:32-.Dag Nylander, guarantor for Norway: The creation of the comprehensive security system (SIS) will provide a model to guarantee security and citizens' rights for new political movements.

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1:30-. The Colombian government and the FARC-EP commit to adopt the necessary measures against criminal organizations which threaten the building of peace in the country, and ensure peace in communities where the link between politics and the use of weapons is severed.

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1:30-.Dag Nylander, guarantor for Norway at the negotiating table notes that this agreement seeks national reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.

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1:28-. This agreement on security guarantees seeks to provide protection and security for all of the Colombian population, guarantees for the political participation of movements and political parties and includes measures to tackle paramilitarism.

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1:25-. The representative of guarantor nation Norway reads the agreement on security guarantees and the fight against organized crime, responsible for killings and massacres or attacks against human rights defenders, social or political movements.

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1:22-. FARC- EP will contribute by handing over information on areas with land mines and other armaments.

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1:20-.Rodolfo Benítez: the laying down of arms process will entail the handing over of all FARC-EP weapons to the UN and the construction of three monuments agreed upon by the national government and FARC-EP. The process for the control and laying down of arms will be undertaken in two phases.

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1:16-.Según Benítez: In regards to the reincorporation of FARC–EP members, in coordination with the national government, individuals will be able to undertake any type of productive work and educational training, as well as other activities in order to achieve their successful and legal re-incorporation into society.

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1:14-.Rodolfo Benítez: Twenty-two normalization transition zones will be created and eight camps.

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1:14-.Rodolfo Benítez: FARC-EP combatants will depart from their camps as unarmed civilians.

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1:12-.According to the Joint Communiqué, the parties agree to create a tripartite monitoring mechanism composed of Colombia's state forces, the FARC-EP, and an international component of personnel from the UN and especially CELAC.

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1:12-.The Cuban representative adds that all must be committed to policies based on civilized dialogue, without political persecution, and not repeat acts like those which led to the current conflict.

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1:10-.Cuban guarantor Rodolfo Benítez reports that a plan will be developed for next steps, and that the decommission of weapons should be completed within no more than 180 days.

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1:10-.Guarantor countries Cuba and Norway will read Joint Communiqué no.76 regarding the approval of agreements on the final, bilateral cessation of hostilities; the laying down of arms; security guarantees; and the struggle against organized crime responsible for killings, massacres and attacks on defenders of human rights, as well as social and political movements, including criminal organizations which have been designated successors to paramilitary groups and their support networks; the prosecution of criminal acts which threaten the implementation of the agreement and the construction of peace; as well as the approval of the final accord.

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13:05-.The official ceremony has begun for the signing of an historic agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP, including a ceasefire and an end to hostilities. Present are heads of state from Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, as well as the UN General Secretary.

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13:00-.Since 1958, through 2012, the war in Colombia has 218,000 dead 25.000 were abducted and disappeared, while selective assassinations have taken the lives of 173,000 Colombians, the majority at the hands of right wing paramilitary groups.

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12:55-.Colombia's Minister of the Interior Juan Fernando Cristo has announced that FARC-EP weapons will be received by the UN.

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12:50-.Granma will post live the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP on its Twitter and Periscope accounts, @Granma_Digiltal https://twitter.com/Granma_Digital 

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12:45-.Reports indicate that the UN, which already decided this year to establish a political mission of unarmed observers for the purpose, will verify the bilateral ceasefire and the demobilization of FARC combatants.

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12:40-.The current talks, which began November 19, 2012, in Havana, have advanced as never before in an effort to end a war which has displaced almost six million people and caused 222,000 deaths.

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12:32-.Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz arrive at the Havana Convention Center, among the last guests to attend the ceasefire signing ceremony.

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12:30-.Expected during the announcement today is the clarification of several questions including when and how the ceasefire will begin; where and how the demobilization and decommission of weapons will take place; and especially when a final agreement for peace in Colombia will be signed.

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12:28- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and María Ángela Holguín, Colombian Foreign Minister arrive at the El Laguito.

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12:28-. Former Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba welcomed the announcement of the signing of the peace agreements.

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12:25-.Although the agreement isn’t the final step in the peace process; it is the most important taken to date. The Colombian press has reported that the accord will be implemented once a definitive peace agreement has been reached, which according to negotiators could be achieved over the coming months.

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12:20-. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will participate today in Havana, as a witness to the signing of the agreements reached between the Colombian government and FARC-EP.

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12:18-.Raúl and Bruno Rodríguez receive special guest UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The UN will play an important role in monitoring and verifying the implementation of agreements reached on a bilateral and final ceasefire and cessation of hostilities; for which the Political mission of unarmed international observers, approved January 25, 2016 by the organization’s Security Council, is responsible.

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12:15-. Presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, in representation of nations accompanying the peace process have now arrived at El Laguito.

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12:08-. President of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, and President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, president pro tempore of CELAC, have now arrived at the El Laguito residence where the singing will take place. Both leaders were received by Army General Raúl Castro.

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12:05-. Everything is set the signing ceremony of agreements on a bilateral and final ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, at the El Laguito residence in Havana. Army General Raúl Castro, president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba and Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez have now arrived.

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12:00-. President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina will attend the signing ceremony representing the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

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11:50-. The Colombian Business Council, representing national businesses, expressed it support for the peace process and a ceasefire "always based on respect for democratic values and institutions, the rule of law and above all the life and integrity of Colombians.”

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11:42- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrives in Havana.

 

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11:30-. Bolivian President Evo Morales took to his Twitter account to praise Cuba’s contribution to the peace process.
”The homeland of the Cuban Revolution is: health, solidarity and education. Now add to that social peace for the benefit of our peoples.”

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11:25-. Guarantor nations to the peace process will be represented by Army General Raúl Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba and Norwegian Foreign Minister, Borge Brende. Chilean and Venezuelan Presidents, Michelle Bachelet and Nicolás Maduro respectively; and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, are also on the island to attend the signing ceremony.

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11:20- The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomed the agreement reached between the Colombian government and FARC-EP.

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11:18-. To date, important agreements on Point 1 “Comprehensive agricultural development policy,” Point 2 “Political participation,” Point 4 “Solution to the problem of illicit drugs,” and Point 5 “Victims rights,” of the talks agenda, have been reached.

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11:14 AM. FARC-EP Commander, Timoleón Jiménez, will attend the signing in Havana, of the important agreement which sees Colombia moving closer to peace.

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11:10 AM. – Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos will head the government delegation to the signing of the agreement.

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11:00 AM. – The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and government of Juan Manuel Santos announced the signing today, June 23, in Havana of an important agreement on a bilateral and final ceasefire and cessation of hostilities.