from the Coordination for Peace in Colombia, a group of French NGOs, August
NGOs DECLARATION ON THE SITUATION IN COLOMBIA
The undersigned NGOs, members
of the "Coordination for Peace in Colombia" urgently ask for
a definite position on the following aspects of the situation:
1. The Plan Colombia, in its
american militarized version, was rejected by the European Union, particularly
by France, as contrary to the peace process. Adhering to this position,
we denounce the fumigation operation started in Putumayo of which social
and ecological consequences are incalculable. Besides, this Plan is considered
as an act of war by one of the parties in conflict.
2. The conjuncture in the
Magdalena Medio is significant of a civil war situation with reconquest
by paramilitary forces of important territories submitted to ordinary
practices for"political cleaning", carrying along inevitably
violence escalation. Already 366 persons have been assassinated since
January 2000, and Colombian press states about a list of 700 persons supposed
to be assassinated before the end of the year.
This offensive does not depend on Putumayo operation and shows that United
Self-defense of Colombia (paramilitary forces) try to force their recognition
as an armed actor. They cannot pretend to be that without at least the
complicity of the army and the indifference of United States themselves.
3. The European Union is going
to consider again the question of the content of the Plan Colombia in
relation with the Colombian civil society and this together with the NGOs
and International Community representatives.
In this process, due to the war situation, some points must be examined
with the greatest attention. Particularly, we must avoid that European
aids might support economically positions acquired by strength and terror.
Then we think that the European Union, and particularly France who assumes
actually its Presidence, must continue to denounce the risks of militarization
of the peace process, start a diplomatic approach towards United States
and Colombia, and encourage alternative pacific solutions accepted by
the armed actors and the Colombian civil society, such as they should
be discussed during the Conference planned in Costa Rica.
Paris, 30th August 2000
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