The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca – Proclama

The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca.

By: Felipe Solarte Nates and María Fernanda Daza.

During his two-day visit to Morales and Popayán, accompanied by several ministers, President Gustavo Petro personally addressed the concerns and requests of residents of several municipalities affected by the wave of violence unleashed by the EMC of the FARC dissidents, after that the government broke the ceasefire, when the murder occurred in Tacueyo, of the majority, Carmelina Yule, who was trying to prevent the recruitment of a minor.

On Thursday, the president visited the devastated town of Morales and brought a voice of encouragement to its residents. He traveled to Popayán, where he calmed the discontent of the CRIC leaders, who threatened with a mobilization in Bogotá if the government did not comply with agreements signed by previous and the current government.

He also took the opportunity, accompanied by General Salamanca of the Police, to meet with mayors of the majority of municipalities and discuss security actions and support for important works and projects to be developed in the subregions of Cauca.

The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca

On Friday morning, President Petro met with the commanders of the Police and the Army to coordinate measures to confront the onslaught of the EMC. After noon he went to La Casa de la Moneda, to participate in the meeting ‘Actions for Peace and Security in Cauca’, where senior officials of the national government were waiting for him, led by his Counselor Laura Sarabia, the Ministers of Defense, Ivan Velasquez; of Agriculture, Jhenifer Mojica; of Health, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo; the Minister of Education, Aurora Vergara; the director of the National Planning Department Alexander López; the National Director of the Land Restitution Agency, Giovanni Yule, several vice ministers, and senators Aida Quilcué, Ferney Silva and the representative to the Chamber, Jorge Bastidas. Vice President Francia Márquez could not attend because she was ill.

Alexander López expressed that since Monday they have been in Cauca seeking to address the immense needs derived from the prolonged social and armed conflict that the department has been experiencing for decades. He stressed that the government has been generous in proposing a peace process with armed groups, but that it will not tolerate the abuses that they commit against the civilian population and institutions, and the government will not hesitate to confront them with the armed forces.

The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca

The event at the Casa de la Moneda was attended by leaders, public officials and community leaders from various municipalities.

Before starting the meeting at the Casa de la Moneda, representative Jorge Bastidas, highlighted that with this visit the president reaffirms his commitment to Cauca, not only in the search for peace, but also in promoting works such as the double Popayán-Pasto road, starting this year with the tender for the Timbío-El Estanquillo route. Also the securing of resources for the completion of the second level hospital of Santander de Quilichao, the construction of the regional hospitals of Guapi and El Bordo, and the expansion of the San José university hospital, of Popayán, to allow new services to be provided.

Gerardo Arroyo, president of the Cauca Business Committee, looked forward to the results of the presidential visit, to confront the violence that has worsened in recent weeks, to promote productive and commercial projects that promote departmental development and to seek a solution to the appellant. blockage of the Pan-American Highway, by indigenous communities, peasants and inhabitants of the municipalities who are pressing for a solution to their dammed needs.

The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca

Arroyo was also concerned about the weakening of several companies that, due to road blockades, cannot sell their products and about the economic crisis that is affecting important companies that have been established for years in the north of Cauca, such as the La Cabaña sugar mill and the manufacturer of seats for cars, auditoriums, and hospital stretchers Inorca, from Miranda, Inorca.

At 1:32 in the afternoon, President Petro arrived amid cheers from his followers.

The Minister for the Regions, Luz María Munera, highlighted the meeting exercise with the communities of Cauca, to synthesize the different requests of the Cauca communities.

The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca

The governor of Cauca, Jorge Octavio Guzmán Gutiérrez, thanked the president for his presence in his purpose of ensuring peace with the presence of the Armed Forces and projects to replace crops and in the transition to licit economies.

The mayor of Popayán, Juan Carlos Muñoz, highlighted the presence of senior officials of the national government and representatives of the homeless and popular organizations of the city who attended the event. He said that he will protect the right to work of the people who search the streets of the city every day and called on the governor not to allow the irregular sale of the health park to be registered and owned.

The local leader requested an agreement with the CEO so that they do not charge high energy rates to the population. He expressed his concern about the difficult situation of the aqueduct company. Likewise, he highlighted the urgency of the constitution of the Land Bank to attend to the construction of housing for the popular sectors.

Likewise, he called for improving rural roads and promoting agricultural production and marketing, improving the city’s public galleries. He will also support rural schools to train young farmers, seeking to improve their income and take root in the territory.

Finally, he thanked the national government for its support in expanding the San José university hospital, with the construction of a unit for cancer treatment.


The president responds to the clamor of communities in Cauca

In his 55-minute speech, President Petro recounted the conflicts in Cauca dating back to its feudal and slave past around the exploitation of gold, when, together with Santafé de Bogotá and Cartagena, it was one of the 3 main enclaves of colonization. Spanish.

“This is an issue that we have defended since we were little. Peace and social justice are synonymous. Cauca, for many historical reasons, has complexity and enormous social injustice. You know it better than me. Here there is a long history of struggles of grandparents and great-grandparents. ”.

He also referred to the favorable conditions that he provided to the EMC of the dissidents to join the peace process, with the condition that they make the transition to licit economies and the substitution of coca crops for coffee, cocoa and other products, which did not They accepted and settled in the Micay canyon, they preferred to continue trafficking to export it across the Pacific Ocean and alternating with illegal mining.

He apologized to the non-relocated families after losing their farms in the earthworks in the Chontaduro village of the municipality of Rosas, for the lack of interest and plunder that, of the billions administered by the UNGRD, Olmedo López and his accomplices did, who instead To hire in La Mojana, Rosas and many places affected by disasters, they did so in municipalities in the department of Santander where there were no tragedies and where they could take a large slice of those resources.

“How could it not be enough to buy a $13.2 billion farm to relocate the affected families of Rosas,” he added.

He also referred to the difficulties he encountered in National Planning to include large infrastructure projects in regions not located around the main cities and centers of power. “They preferred to put billions into the Toyo tunnel, rather than investing in the Timbío-El Estanquillo variant, essential to overcome the Romeral fault and speed up communication with Nariño, Ecuador and South America.”

In addition, he emphasized the importance of rescuing the western mountain range and the Micay canyon for crops and the legal economy and in addition to continuing with the road that the coca growers opened, continuing with the project to build the reservoir to generate electricity that would supply energy. It cleans the entire Pacific coast and would allow us to face the drought that occurs in the reservoirs located in the Andean region.

“Cauca cannot be condemned to that, in my opinion, regardless of whether an agreement is made or not, the path to peace continues to be social justice, and it must be built and it must be done now.”

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