FARC wants meeting with pope during Cuba visit

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels, now negotiating a peace deal in Havana, said Sunday they hope to meet with Pope Francis on his upcoming Cuba visit.

Pope Francis will visit Cuba September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States.

“We would like to do that. It would be something amazing,” the rebels’ spokesman “Ivan Marquez” said ahead of a break in the talks, which resume August 17.

“Just imagine the impact it would have to get Pope Francis’ support for this major joint effort for all Colombians — to achieve reconciliation after decades of conflict,” he added.

Asked if any request had formally been made to the Vatican, Marquez said he was “talking about something we aspire to do.”

Colombia is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

And the pope — a native of Argentina and first pontiff to hail from Latin America — has a keen interest in issues related to poverty, Cuban emigrant, refugees and political prisoners.

Francis is also known to have played a key role in nudging the United States and Cuba toward reconciliation late last year, ending decades of estrangement dating back to the Cold War.

Colombia’s stop-start peace talks, ongoing since November 2012, have made progress on some important points but lack a final agreement.

The war in Colombia has left an estimated 260,000 dead and forced more than six million people from their homes.

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International Demonstration for Bilateral Truce in Colombia Summoned

Colombian politicians and defenders of human rights summoned to an international mobilization for next July 20 to demnand the ceasefire by all parties involved in a conflicto lasting over 50 years.

Through Twitter, Senator Ivan Cepeda and several activists called on citizens worldwide to join the initiative anywhere in the planet to demand a bilateral truce and the end of the armed conflict.

Victims of the confrontation, leaders of social, peasant organizations, parliament members, to advocate for silencing all firearms in order to minimize the victims among the civil population and generate confidence in the peace talks between the government and the insurgent FARC-EP forces.

Such a measure has been discarded by the Executive, who opts to talk with the insurgency amid conflagration, stand not understood by a part of the Colombian society.

The conflict increased in intensity since the middle of May after resuming bombardments by the regular forces against camps of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) and the suspension of the pause in combats decreed previously by the guerrilla movement.

While both delegations try to find a concerted way out of the war during the talks being held in Havana, inside the Andean country grows the violence and human displacement,

Simultaneously to the calls through social networks, in Bogota they organize a forum for peace, rallies and marches from Jujly 19 forward, in an effort to support the cycles of talks between the belligerant parts and claim for a total ceasefire.

The conflict has cost the lives of some 230 thousand persons along over half a century..

To establish a concertation table with the National Liberation Army, another of the active guerrilla groups in the nation, that is one of the steps pending to introduce in favor of distensión.

The New Herald: Invitation to Controversy

His fierce ideological dogmatism strikes up debates for which he has no solid arguments.

The newspaper published this Thursday an editorial under the name "Cuba and the Terrorism List".

Let’s remember this list was created in 1982 during the Ronald Reagan’s far-right administration, and manufactured by the State Department.

It adds that back then the Cuban regime supported the FARC guerrillas in Colombia, "among other terrorist groups."

But underestimates the peace negotiations that have been taking place in Havana representatives of the government and the guerrillas of that country.

The New Herald editorial believes that Cuba "is no longer the beacon of the revolution in the hemisphere," as its model lost appeal even among Marxists.

The first thing to repeat is that the island never wanted its model to be copied because Cuba didn’t imitate others.

Maybe with some other has stood side by side, but always defending the independence and sovereignty of each nation.

Then the Herald writes that, by de-listing Cuba, Obama is indicating that he recognizes a change in behavior.

On behalf of whom? Perhaps one of the nations more shaken by terrorist on Earth?

Only the mercenary invasion of Playa Giron, located in the Bay of Pigs, south of Cuba, on April 17, 1961. This invasion caused 176 dead, 300 injured, and nearly around 50 disabled.

The Democratic President John F. Kennedy publicly assumes the historic responsibility for this event.

The final figure of victims because of the several terrorist actions initiated after the Revolution of 1959 reached 3478 dead, 2099 disabled and a large number of wounded.

Incidentally, the Herald refers to "a change in behavior" and then adds a paragraph that may lead to different interpretations:

"A change in behavior was also quoted by the George W. Bush in 2006 when he took Libya from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, after Tripoli ended a program to develop weapons of mass destruction".

What does the newspaper imply? Does it mean that such statement did not prevent the aggression later?

No wonder the proverb that man is the only animal that stumbles on the same stone, or even many more.

The editorial also indicates that one effects of removing Cuba from the list would be to eliminate certain financial sanctions against it.

What laws of the international rights supported? And after more than 20 resolutions of the U.N. General Assembly against that policy; how long will it be in force?

According to the editorial, if Havana is off the list it would give confidence to U.S. banks, and later the granting of "loans to small private companies in the island".

Curious persistence on giving a privileged treatment, a point which observers call to pay attention amid the complex scenario in which develops the bilateral relations.

But the Herald editorial could not finish without emphasizing his taste for lies and half lies.

It read that in the history of the "Cuban regime" weighs the executions carried out in the early years of the revolution.

Who were the most drastically punished those days?, vicious murderers and torturers who failed to flee to the United States.

The editorial did not mention the rest of punishment carried out.

Now legislators of Cuban origin acting on Capitol Hill in Washington conspire to at least hinder the process of bilateral approach.

Among them, resurfaces the name of Senator Bob Menendez, so far characterized as fervent enemy of Cuba.

But now and please pardon his friends from the New Herald, a political corpse.

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