Plebiscite: Colombia on the tightrope By: Tanya Abad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can Human Rights be negotiated with criminals and murderers? On October the 2nd, Colombians have to decide in the polls about the peace treaty, or Plebiscite, which is a document 297 pages long, while Cartagena de Indias was celebrating the ceremony held by President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC leader called by his nickname -Timochenko- (Rodrigo Londono Echeverri) to sign the peace of Colombia and focus on the Plebiscite. So we ask ourselves. What lies behind the negotiations: Peace, money, power? Amazed, I wonder, Can the Human Rights negotiate with the biggest criminals and murders of Colombia history? We invited Coronel Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega to interview him on the subject as a citizen of Colombia and as an ex member of the Colombian Armed forces.
Ciudad Weston Newspaper (CWN): You have fought the “Guerrilla”. Are you in favor of the peace treaty? What does it mean for the international Community ?
Luis Afonso Plazas Vega. (LAPV): More than just a guerrilla war, Colombia has endured 52 years of a terrorist group. The harm caused by the FARC and other terrorist groups is immeasurable. There is no negotiation for peace. It is a lie by President Juan Manuel Santos to Colombia and to the world. He used the peace emblem to stave off any country or person who would oppose his wishes. In reality, what he is doing is brokering a deal to subdue Colombia to the demands of the Castro brothers. Cuba has had its sights on Colombia for its geographical position and its riches for a long time.
“What is happening in Colombia is not a peace process but one of surrendering the country to international Communism and particularly to Raul Castro.”
CWN: If the winner of the Plebiscite is “Yes”, What will be of the Armed branch of the drug trafficking in Venezuela?
LAPV: Drug trafficking would be legalized. We would end up with two governments, Venezuela and Colombia, under the control of Cuba.
CWN: What will happen to the other armed groups like the ELN ( Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional), the BACRIM ( Bandas Criminales) and other organizations?
LAPV: All these organizations that go by whatever acronyms are part of the same general interests to subdue Colombia to organized crime controlled by Havana, Cuba. Their ultimate goal is to destabilize the country. No matter the name, FARC, ELN, EPL, M-19, BACRIM or USUPA.
The signing of the peace treaty between the government and the guerilla took place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, last September 26th. Curiously enough, the city is crawling with Shaman. The same that pilfered the tomb of the Liberator Simon Bolivar, and who took over of the city on the eve of the event.
This counsel turned neighboring countries like Venezuela and Ecuador, into allies. CWN: Are there any neighboring governments that share in the ideal of the guerilla. Which are they and why?
LAPV: Yes. The Cubans ordered the Latin-American communists particularly those of Cuba and Venezuela, “to stop fighting this military war. We should do the political work by buying minds”. Such is the new tactics they have been implementing using the money from Colombia. They have been buying off members of Congress in Colombia.
“The peace treaty signed by Colombian congressmen
with a Democratic twist, is the worst act against the peace in Colombia”.
What they have done is Havana is to craft a rough draft that changes the Colombian constitution whereby Colombians give money away to support economically and politically its own enemies. They are legalizing drug trafficking because they claim there is a connection with the rebellion, when in reality it is the only way they can fund themselves. Therefore, it is not illegal for them.
CWN: How many people are involved in the negotiations in Havana?
LAPV: There are about 50 guerilla personnel and it is made clear in the 297 pages of the treaty, that about 10 of them will become congressmen. It is 10 seats they gain access to directly, with the chance to get 16 more indirectly.
CWN: According to one of the polls in Colombia from the company IPOS, “YES” will win by large numbers over the “NO”. Is this due to the lack of knowledge of the population about the 297 pages of the treaty?
LAPV: Mr. Santos requested a referendum, but when he saw that he would lose it, he decided for the Plebiscite, which only has one single question: ” Do you want peace or do you not?”, If you ask that question to anyone, of course, they are going to answer -yes-. The question does not delve into the details of treaty with FARC, because everybody hates the FARC. Then they use the word PEACE. On the other hand, Santos has had all government officials to campaign for the “YES”. We are talking about governors, mayors and senators who are spread across the country campaigning for the “YES”.
CWN: As Director of the drug agency for President Uribe in 2002, you controlled and lowered the levels of crops of coca leaf, which have quadrupled recently. What are the implications of the “YES” and “NO” as it relates to the drug smuggling in the United States?
LAPV: The implication is direct because at the time , we had lowered the cultivated acres of coca leaf from 150.000 to 45.000. During the Santos government, the reported number is 250.00 acres. Moreover, Mr. Santos dismissed the Drug Enforcement Administration. In other words, he is working for drug traffickers.
“Not even Pablo Escobar gave way to drug trafficking,
as does the current Colombian government.”
CWN: Colonel, how would you describe the eight years imprisoned, despite your innocence?
LAPV: Terrible, just terrible. It was a test of love on my family. I no longer fear anything. That is why I always say everything, because I am an open book and clear. Every judge that denied me my freedom, lied and I appealed. I always follow the Judicial Colombian System, the constitution and the laws of the country.
CWN: What would you say to Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan political leader, who is incarcerated in Venezuela by Chavez Government?
LAPV: Leopoldo López will be the President of Venezuela, and that will be a gift from God to this country. My message to everyone, is about love and to believe in God.