The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) begun this Tuesday the surrender to the ONU mission the second delivery of weapons. This delivery allegedly constitutes an additional 30% of their total arsenal. The initial delivery was made during a ceremony in the rural zone of La Elvira, within Cauca, according to local news sources.
“This is a sample of the 30% that is taking place today and will continue tomorrow around throughout the territory” said an Argentinean watcher of the ONU after receiving and downloading the weapons, there were rifles, guns, grenade launchers and rocket launchers that then they put under custody of the foreign institution.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as the FARC, signed a peace treaty with the Colombian government in 2016, despite the fact that the treaty was rejected in a referendum put to the general public. The timely delivery of their arms is a key provision of the treaty.
Last Thursday, the FARC announced the surrender to the ONU of the first 30% of their weapons. After this next delivery, the FARC will have allegedly delivered 60% of their armaments. The final 40% will be delivered by June 20.
President Juan Manuel Santos could not attend the ceremony due to poor weather, as his helicopter was unable to land. He was to be accompanied by former president of Spain Felipe Gonzalez and the former Uruguayan president of José Mujica. Those two ex-presidents will lead the verification team to ensure that all armaments have been delivered in accordance with the treaty.