Cuba offers 1,000 medical scholarships to Colombia peace process


March 16 2017
Source:  Granma

Cuban Ambassador to Colombia José Luis Ponce informed that the Caribbean nation will grant to the Colombian government and the FARC-EP a fund of 1,000 scholarships to study Medicine in the Island in the next five years

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Cuban Ambassador to Colombia, José Luis Ponce announced the opening of one thousand scholarships for Colombians in Cuba. Photo: Prensa Latina

BOGOTA .- Cuban Ambassador to Colombia, José Luis Ponce, informed that the Caribbean nation will grant to the Colombian government and the FARC-EP a fund of 1,000 scholarships to study Medicine in the Island in the next five years.

The Cuban diplomat made an offer to the Monitoring, Impulse and Verification Commission for the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement (CSIVI), while it was communicated in Bogotá to FARC-EP Secretariat member Iván Márquez and representatives Of the Government to the Commission.

A contribution by Cuba

Ponce explained that the distribution of the scholarships, at a rate of 200 per year -100 for the FARC-EP and 100 for the national executive- will be a contribution by Cuba to the implementation process of the Havana peace agreements and post-conflict peace in Colombia .

Students selected to receive such scholarships would begin in 2017-2018, according to Prensa Latina.

The program will be offered to young demobilized FARC-EP recruits, displaced persons, and other victims of the armed conflict, the latter chosen by the government. 

A pure gesture of humanity

The Embassy of the Republic of Cuba will provide the Colombian government and the FARC-EP with a document detailing the offer, which is being prepared by the Cuban authorities, said the diplomat of the island.

Cuba served as the venue for peace talks between the insurgency and the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos for more than four years until 2016, while – along with Norway – served as a guarantor of bilateral talks.

In his Twitter account, Márquez stressed that this contribution of Cuba to the implementation process of the Havana Agreement and post-conflict in Colombia is a pure gesture of humanity.

Thanks to Cuba

To Army General Raúl Castro (President of Cuba), our gratitude for filling Colombia with his love and solidarity and for supporting the peace process and offering doctors, added the insurgent commander.

For her part, Colombian lawyer and excongresista Piedad Córdoba thanked the gesture of Cuba.

Despite being blockaded, the Caribbean country not only has medicine that is among the best in the world, but it is also one of the most supportive, wrote the human rights defender and recognized leader of the Latin American left through his account in the social network Twitter.

Cuba’s great contribution to peace continues: it gives one thousand scholarships to government and guerrilla students, said Senator Iván Cepeda, one of the promoters of talks with the insurgency in the same social network.

Raul Meets with Delegations for Peace in Colombia

Source:  Cuban News Agency
January 17 2015

raul meets with colombia for peace talks.jpgArmy General Raul Castro, President of the councils of State and Ministers, held a meeting on Sunday night with representatives of the delegations of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) present in Havana at the peace negotiating table.

In a constructive atmosphere, they spoke about the progress of the talks taking place in the Cuban capital and the shared interest to continue moving forward to reach an agreement to end the over 50-year conflict in the shortest time possible, and achieve a stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

Colombians thank Raul

Both delegations conveyed to comrade Raul their gratitude for the valuable support of Cuba to the process, in its capacity as host and guarantor of the talks.

Participating in the meeting, representing the Colombian government, was Humberto de la Calle, head of the delegation to the Negotiating Table; Sergio Jaramillo, High Commissioner for Peace; and Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin.

The FARC-EP were represented by the commanders and members of the Secretariat Ivan Marquez, head of the delegation to the Negotiating Table, and two of its members, Pastor Alape and Carlos Antonio Lozada.

The Army General was accompanied by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez and Rogelio Sierra, respectively; and by the head of delegation of Guarantors, Rodolfo Benitez.

Source:  Raul Meets with Delegations for Peace in Colombia

FARC-EP: Hugo Chavez, a symbol of national sovereignty and LatAm and Caribbean independence

Source:  Presna Latina

farc-epThe Colombia-Peoples Army (FARC-EP) Revolutionary Armed Forces recalled here the figure of the historic leader of the Bolivarian Revolution and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on the occasion of the First Anniversary of his death.

In a message of tribute and remembrance the rebel delegation that since 15 months is carrying peace talks in this capital with the Colombian government labelled Chavez as exceptional quality leader and Liberator of the 21 st Century, symbol of national sovereignty and Latin American and Caribbean independence.

In that sense, FARC-EP expressed that Chavez has carried out in his own life a formidable battle against the unjust powers of the planet, leading in his country the battle of the poorest for the recovery of national dignity and regaining for those exploded the hope in a socialist revolution.

In this regard, they recalled that the Bolivarian leader has unhesitatingly opposed the arrogant will of the empire (United States), had dug with his hands the path of continental integration, had cornered the greed of his country’s oligarchy and planted uneasiness in the neighbour countries.

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In Colombia: Cuba, Norway assist in the release of US citizen

Source:  Granma International

kevin scott freedU.S. citizen Kevin Scott Sutay, held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Army of the People (FARC-EP) since this past June 20, was handed over by members of the FARC-EP Eastern Bloc to representatives of the governments of Cuba and Norway and delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an action undertaken with the cooperation of the Colombian government.

At 11:30am on Sunday, October 27, Mr. Sutay was released to representatives of the United States government at Bogotá Airport.

Mr. Sutay was given a medical check by the ICRC and is in a good physical condition. He will shortly be reunited with his family.

The Colombian government and the FARC-EP have thanked the governments of Cuba and Norway and the ICRC for their valuable contribution to the release and handover of Mr. Sutay to United States authorities.

The governments of Cuba and Norway reiterate their support for the peace talks and efforts to end the armed conflict in Colombia.

Bogotá, October 27, 2013.