By Juan Diego García
In the Havana talks between the government of Colombia and the FARC [Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia], debate over the second item on the agenda, political reform, is beginning. And, just as happened at the outset, the government is attempting to reduce the scope of the accords to a minimum while the guerrilla tries to give them the greatest reach possible. Santos advances a very restricted interpretation of political reform that reduces it in practice to guaranteeing electoral participation for the guerrilla without changing the rules of the game, while the guerrilla proposes taking advantage of the occasion to bring about much more far-reaching changes.
This is in reality a repetition of the initial scenario, when the first item on the agenda was dealt with from very contrary positions, which in the end did not stand in the way of a basic agreement on the rural question, as everything seems to indicate. Perfectly normal conduct that nevertheless has a greater reference point that is impossible to ignore: for now, at least, neither side is in a position to defeat the other. This is doubtless the basis that gives meaning to the dialogues and determines the real extent that the possible accords can reach. (more…)