FARC-EP Proposed Agenda

A political solution to the grave conflict affecting Colombia.

2. Establishment of a “bolivarian” doctrine for the military and the defense of the State.

The Liberator (Simón Bolívar) said: “the army ís purpose is to safeguard the borders. God forbid it should ever turn its weapons against the citizenry”.

The armed forces shall be the guarantors of our national sovereignty ñ always respecting human rights - and the size and budget of the armed forces should be proportionate to that of a country that is not at war with its neighbors.

The national police force shall be a dependency of the Ministry of Government, reorganized to better serve its preventative function, instructed in ethics and human rights.

3. Democratic participation on the national, regional and municipal levels when making decisions concerning the future of Colombian society.

Strengthening of popular supervisory mechanisms.

The attorney general ís office shall be an independent branch of the government, and the Attorney General shall be elected by the people.

The parliament shall be a single chamber (unicameral).

The opposition and minority parties shall possess full political and social rights, and the State shall guarantee their access to mass media.

There shall be freedom of the press.

The electoral branch shall be independent.

The Supreme Court, The Constitutional Court and the Judiciary Council shall be elected by direct vote of all the nation ís judges and magistrates.

The moral standards shall be raised in public administration and the State ís civic and military institutions.

Economic development and modernization shall be achieved along with social justice.

The State shall be the main owner and administrator of all the strategic sectors: energy, communications, utilities, roads, ports and natural resources, to benefit the balanced socio-economic development of the country and the region.

Economic policy shall place special emphasis on the expansion of the domestic market, self-sufficiency of the food industry, permanent economic stimulus to aid production in small, medium and large private enterprises, to increase autonomy and economic solidarity.

The State shall invest in strategic sectors of national industry and develop a protectionist policy concerning them. Efficiency, ethics, productivity and high quality shall characterize the government economic administration. Unions, trade organizations, popular organizations, academic and scientific organizations shall all be part of the decision making in public policy regarding economy, social issues, energy and strategic investment.

As a matter of national policy, 50% of the budget shall be invested in the social well-being of the Colombian population: employment, salaries, health, housing, education and recreation, taking into account our democratic cultural traditions, and seeking a balance between society, nature and the environment.

10% of the national budget shall be invested in scientific research.

In order to have an effective redistribution of wealth, taxes shall be in proportion to the taxpayer ís wealth.

Value Added Tax (VAT) shall only be applied to luxury goods and services.

Agricultural policy shall democratize credit, technical assistance and marketing.

There shall be integral fostering of the agricultural and livestock industries.

There must be State protectionism to ward against unfair international competition.

Each region shall have its own development plan, designed in conjunction with community organizations. This will entail splitting large states to redistribute the land, defining agricultural boundaries that rationalize development and preventing the loss of our reserves.

Permanent assistance for domestic and international marketing.

The exploitation of natural resources such as gas, coal, gold, nickel, emeralds among others, to the benefit of the country and its regions.

Re-negotiation of agreements with multinational companies in those cases in which the agreement has been detrimental to Colombia. In conjunction with the State, the workers and the regions, The National Energy Commission shall perform the planning of energy policy.

New refineries must be built and the petrochemical industry must be developed.

The government will report, with complete transparency, the terms of the agreements for the exploitation of the Cusiana oilfield.

Just the 5 billion barrels of oil in reserve, at today ís prices, would produce 80 trillion pesos, a sum greater than six times the 1999 National Budget.

Colombia as a whole shall know how and at what pace the Cusiana oilfield will be exploited and how the revenues will be integrated into the overall development plans. We have to “sow the oil” for generations to come, since the oil belongs to all Colombians and so do its benefits.

Diplomatic relations with all other countries shall be guided by the principle of the people ís self-determination and mutual benefit.

Regional and Latin American integration shall be given priority.

Political agreements made by the State with other countries shall be honored. A complete review shall be undertaken of military agreements and foreign intervention in our internal affairs. A renegotiation of our foreign debt shall attempt to seek terms of no less than a 10 year grace period in interest payments.

A solution shall be sought to the production, commercialization and consumption of drugs and hallucinogens, under the premise that this is a serious social problem that cannot be confronted militarily, that domestic and international agreements are needed, along with the participation of the world ís super-powers ñ who are the main worldwide consumers of narcotics.

This document translated into English from a Spanish text available on the Center For International Policy Website

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