The Truth Commission published a new chapter of its final report. It is called You will not kill: historical account of the internal armed conflict in Colombia. This 557-page document addresses the narrative, the periods of the Colombian armed conflict, the milestones that have marked history and the key explanations of this evolution, as well as the factors of persistence to the present. He was in charge of the Commissioner Martha Ruiz and contains two key aspects that synthesize the meaning of this narrative: peace is manifested in moments of democratic openingand on the other hand war is not a continuum of violence.
The period of analysis begins in 1958with the National Front as an umbrella for bipartisan violence and insurgent/counterinsurgent violence. But it also has a emphasis on the political and social origin of the conflict.
The chapter tells the historical facts that make the conflict in Colombia continue. It is not based only on the testimonies of the victims, but has the voice of power such as that of peace commissioners, congressmen, former presidents, actors in the conflict whose story is key to having another face of the Colombian conflict. The decade of the 80s was analyzedthe peace project of Belisario Betancourt. Also drug trafficking as the engine of guerrilla violence and the paramilitary project.
There is also an approach from the 90s with the Constituent Assembly and because four years later there was talk of conflict. The network of drug trafficking and its financing of politics is explained. How in war the dispute over territory is central. For example, him Andrés Pastrana peace process.
The democratic opening that is being closed with violence is addressed. The great closure is the year 2002, when the word peace is banned. There is a very political development of the government of Alvaro Uribebut it is key to understand that the intention is to make a reading of all the governments from Belisario Betancourt.
The different positions and readings of the former presidents were contrasted Alvaro Uribe and Juan Manuel Santos about negotiations and how to end the war. The general balance is that, in the midst of everything, with a restricted Colombian democracy, a long way has been traveled. The defense of peace has served to encourage democracy.
The message to be conveyed Truth Commission with this narrative is pacifist characterof hope, focused on the capacity of civil society and peace as a luminous element.