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  • The first national meeting of the Territorial Spaces of Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) in Bogota.

    The first national meeting of the Territorial Spaces of Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) in Bogota. | Photo: Twitter @TimoFARC

Published 7 April 2018

"We have the right to ask authorities about the management of resources involved in the implementation of the agreements,” Ivan Marquez said.

Leaders of Colombia's Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC) and ex-guerrillas from the Territorial Spaces of Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) are meeting in Bogota to discuss reintegrating into civilian life after more than 50 years of civil war.

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The meeting is the first national conference of the ETCR, which have served as key spaces to assist former combatants in making the transition to post-war life.

"We are children of difficulty and we have the experience to overcome it: we continue on united and are not going to allow anything in the world to interrupt it," FARC President Rodrigo 'Timochenko' Londoño said in a message to the gathered leaders. "I believe the hardest has already passed."

Delegates from various reincorporation territories presented reports on problems they face, including water treatment and health access. The meeting concluded with a demand for greater knowledge of the management of resources designated by the state toward former soldiers' reintegration.

"As the FARC, we have the right to ask authorities about the management of resources involved in the implementation of the agreements," said Ivan Marquez, a FARC leader.

Also participating in the event were officials from the United Nations, and ambassadors from Cuba and Norway.

The peace process has been beset by difficulties in recent months, as former guerrillas continue to face violence and threats. Londoño was forced to withdraw from the presidential race due to a combination of health problems and ongoing violence.

On Wednesday, FARC member Nelson Andres Urrego, a member of the reintegration program, was murdered. The FARC has ordered the government to launch an investigation into the murder.


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