Notes on the Role of the Armed Forces in Reparation Processes in Colombia


Insight Turkey Volume 19 No. 1, 2017

In the context of negotiations in Havana, representatives of the Armed Forces were questioned about the possibilities and opportunities they have as key contributors to an eventual post-conflict agreement. One of the areas of greatest interest and attention is the process of reparation and the role the Armed Forces could play in this process. On the one hand, some members of the Armed Forces have suffered the consequences of war directly on their bodies and minds; on the other hand, the members of the Armed Forces are aware that, as actors in the conflict, they must assume responsibilities in the post-conflict era and find an opportunity to address their responsibility
through the process of reparation.

Indeed, for the Armed Forces to question their role in post-conflict era means that they must recognize that in the heat of war they may have made mistakes and, in some circumstances, may have deviated from their mission or made errors in judgment, as in the case of homicides of persons protected (called false positives). In seeking to understand and engage in dialogue as part of the reparation processes, the Armed Forces as an institution must assume its role in a post-conflict scenario, and as an actor, provide opportunities for reconciliation and peace. The ultimate goal of the Military Forces in terms of the role they may play in the post-forces agreement is to recognize their achievements in accomplishing lasting peace for all Colombians.

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