Colombia’s former president, Alvaro Uribe, became the first person to support a national campaign to collect signatures against the peace agreement that is expected to be signed between the government and anti-government guerilla forces.
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The government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC -EP) are set to sign an agreement in the coming months, after years of negotiations to end the armed conflict.
Both sides have reached preliminary agreements on land ownership, political participation, eradication of illicit crops and recognition and support for victims.
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Uribe, now a senator, argues that although Colombians want peace they do not agree that members of the FARC should be freed, among other factors.
The former Colombian leader also opposes the referendum proposed by President Santos to approve the agreement, and the inclusion of the agreement in the Constitution. Both of these are demands meant to provide a legal basis to protect the peace process.
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With Uribe calling on Colombians to throw their weight behind the campaign, the process to receive signatures against peace will be open until August 4.
After more than three years of peace talks, the long-awaited peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC could bring an end to a conflict that has claimed some 220,000 lives and displaced more than 6 million people after more than 50 years.