Colombian unity against misery and warmongering
In a very significant development in the struggle of the revolutionary forces of Colombia the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army of Colombia, (ELN), have united their forces. Their communique said that the leaderships of the two organisations met recently in the mountains of Colombia in an atmosphere of camaraderie, fraternity and mutual respect. They declared that the current regime of Alvaro Uribe is the enemy of peace, a warmonger by conviction, the generator of misery for the broad national majorities, and a prostitute of imperialist policy for our peoples and nations. Their joint communique went on: "Because of this character, we confirm that while the illegitimate government of Alvaro Uribe persists with its fascist and militarist policies, we will not proceed with any process of political rapprochement and national dialogue. "Nevertheless, we reiterate our commitment to peace and the pursuit of political solutions to the social and armed conflict that is bleeding our Colombia". Political process The two revolutionary organisations declared that they will push forward the political processes that favour peace with social justice. They oppose the US imposed Plan Colombia and the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA). They support the struggles of the Colombian people against the disastrous privatisations, the repression of just social protests, the cutting of pension rights and other anti-worker financial programs. They defend Colombia's national sovereignty. The communique said, "We call upon the Colombian people and international public opinion to mobilise and denounce the anti-democratic policies of the current government that aims to cut the few civil, citizen, democratic and political freedoms, through application of the anti-terrorist statute. "In the face of the present social and political crisis we Colombians are suffering, we reaffirm that all the democratic, patriotic, revolutionary and guerrilla forces are compelled to work for the formation and construction of a new democratic and patriotic government to start the process of national reconstruction and unity within a framework of defence of our sovereignty and of the dignity of the national majorities. "We of the FARC and the ELN will persist with renewed strength and revolutionary enthusiasm on the road blazed during our 39 years of existence, holding high the banners of unity, patriotism and anti- imperialism"!