Christian Aid and its partners have expressed deep disappointment at the rejection of a landmark peace deal between FARC rebels and the Colombian government in a shock referendum result which saw 50.24 per cent voting against the terms of the deal.
Christian Aid and its partners have warmly welcomed the announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group. They also urge the government to ensure implementation of the agreement and dismantle paramilitary groups as a matter or priority, to guarantee lasting peace.
Representatives of more than 150 faith-based organisations gathered in Bogota, Colombia on 5 November to discuss their role in the peace process in that country. The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Interior and drew participation from the World Council of Churches
As Ekklesia has reported recently, FARC and the government are moving ahead with peace talks in Colombia. But many questions remain about the current process, and as this Christian Peacemaker Teams briefing indicates, what lies behind it is a decidedly mixed history. Can the politics of hope overcome a legacy of oppression and despair?