FARC and Colombian Government Peace Talks Move Forward

first_imgBy Dialogo December 21, 2012 The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) stated on December 19 that the peace talks in Havana were held “on a positive note” during their first month, in which both delegations were “presenting their arguments” to put an end to the armed conflict. “The meetings have been held on a positive note of respectful discussion. Arguments have been presented and popular concerns are being gathered,” Jesús Santrich, a guerrilla negotiator, told the press before starting the talks in Havana’s Convention Palace. Santrich highlighted “the successful development of the Integral Agrarian Development policy forum, which concluded on December 19 in Bogotá with the participation of 1,200 delegates, and the proposals of which will be submitted to FARC and government representatives on January 8, in Havana. During that forum, which started on December 17, “the most popular organizations have expressed their deep concern for the landownership policy of the Colombian agrarian system” and the need for “strengthening small and medium sized estates,” the insurgent added. Since the talks started on November 19 in Havana, conversations have been aimed at the agrarian issue, the origin of the armed conflict in Colombia that has lasted for almost half a century, and which caused about 600,000 deaths, 15,000 missing, and four million displaced people, according to official data. The agenda also includes the following topics: illicit drugs, political participation, disarmament, and victims reparations. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the conversation should conclude in November 2013 at the latest, one year after it started.last_img read more

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Pogba, Martial out of Manchester United’s trip to West Ham, James doubtful

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United are still without injured trio Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw for Sunday’s Premier League trip to West Ham United, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.He also said Welsh winger Daniel James is a doubt for the game.Pogba picked up an ankle injury in a 1-1 draw with Southampton before the international break.Martial and Shaw have not featured since Manchester United’s league defeat by Crystal Palace on August 24.“Not really, no,” Solskjaer said, when asked if Pogba and Martial would be fit for the weekend’s match. “They’ve not been training yet so I don’t think so. (Luke) won’t be ready.James, who has scored three goals in five league games this season, suffered a knock in a 1-0 win over Leicester City last weekend.He was unavailable for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League victory over Kazakh side Astana.“Daniel James? I don’t know,” Solskjaer added. “He’s not trained the last few days. Hopefully, but not sure. We’ll have a recovery day with everyone tomorrow and we’ll see on Saturday”. Tags: ANthony MartialLuke ShawManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerPaul Pogbalast_img read more

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Dr. Jones: ‘Right Leadership Will Motivate, Challenge Liberia for Success’

first_imgFormer Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has called on Liberians to welcome the train, identified as the Movement for Economic Empowerment that has already left the station and is on its way filled with hope, endurance, justice, opportunity, unity and inclusiveness.Speaking at the induction ceremony of the Cuttington University Students Union last weekend, Dr. Jones said “Change is coming and I have a simple appeal to Liberians: Get on board.”The man described as “poverty doctor,” told a large body of students “You don’t need any baggage, only a ticket of patriotism written on a paper called Liberia,” to get on board and be part of the movement.He spoke about a better tomorrow from God, “If only we are prepared to pursue it with the right leadership; a leadership that will effectively lead and motivate us, work to create an enabling environment for all Liberians and will challenge us to climb the ladder of success and prosperity.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need a leadership that will work tirelessly to ensure that Liberians have their basic needs met after 169 years as an independent nation that must have better healthcare, safe drinking water, improved access to electricity, a good educational system, and the opportunity to continuously raise their standard of living.“That’s what we mean when we talk about the new Liberia, a nation on the path of inclusive development which is within our grasp and the future of our children,” he stated.Describing 2017 as another critical hour of decision, Dr. Jones said “It is not about who steps into the shoes of the presidency; but about the type of leadership we want at the helm of the nation.”He said it matters for a country that for so long seems unable to extricate itself from the scourge of widespread poverty and underdevelopment. “Since independence we have had our share of the leadership letdown, leadership that had eyes but did not see, ears but did not hear, leadership charged with the primary responsibility to care for the people but did not care much.”Dr. Jones said around the world people are tired of the same-old politicians, and while commending United States President-elect Donald Trump, who defied conventional wisdom and got elected without the blessing of the status quo, said it is clear that “When you speak to the needs of the poor and act accordingly, the people will listen.”He explained at least five important areas that his administration, if elected, would work to complete the change he said is coming. Firstly, Dr. Jones said Liberia spends US$200m annually on the importation of rice and technology, which should change as Liberia has the climate to become self-sufficient in food.Secondly, he said his administration will ensure that over 3,000 carpenters are mobilized to produce furniture and other products from Liberian wood, including rubber wood, at reasonable cost, along with jobs and its multiplier effects of generating and saving foreign exchange for the country.Thirdly, Dr. Jones said his administration will invest in both the public and private sectors to provide low cost housing for the people, and this comes with direct and indirect job creation.Fourthly, he said research has indicated that access to finance is critical for building a domestic entrepreneurial class and while the so-called free market is unlikely to bring about the desired allocation of financing, Liberians can no longer wait; and so his administration will give priority to financial inclusion and expand access to finance for Liberian businesses, including ‘little businesses’ in rural areas.The final area of change, he said, is strengthening the National Investment Commission (NIC) by changing it into a Private Sector Development Authority that would revise investment incentives and broaden beneficiaries. “Attention should also be given to policies that will encourage Liberians in theDiaspora to invest in the country including, possibly, through Diaspora Bonds.”Dr. Jones also mentioned mobilizing domestic resources to improve the country’s financial landscape, along with investment in infrastructure and prioritizing the original mandate of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).“We want to be clear that a vibrant, inclusive and diversified economy is key to stability and to creating conditions for Liberia being at peace with itself. And when it comes to the economy, Liberia needs a leadership that is prepared to hit the ground running,” Dr. Jones said, adding that “Voting is the weapon to bring the change that is in our interest and the interest of the country.” Therefore, he wants Liberians to “register to vote and then go to the polls on Election Day. Don’t vote for tribe, or county, or just for party, but for the person who has shown you that they care for you and for our country, Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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