Cablegate: Oas Urges More Support for Auc Peace Process

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E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (U) On November 9, OAS Mission Chief Sergio Caramagna, in
charge of verifying the paramilitary peace process, publicly
urged the international community to give more support to the
government's plan to demobilize the United Self Defense
Forces of Colombia (AUC). In a statement to Colombia's
leading newspaper El Tiempo, Caramagna said large sectors of
the international community needed to re-think their
skepticism about the process. He said he had never seen a
more conditioned peace process than the one with the AUC, and
warned that without outside resources such a large
demobilization might not be successful.

2. (U) According to Caramagna, constant demands that AUC
members guilty of major crimes be held accountable are a
diversion because, since the onset of the process, the GOC
has made clear that such individuals would not receive
blanket amnesty and could not re-enter civil society without
punishment. Caramagna asserted that the international
community should focus instead on the practical aspects of
helping the government reinsert several thousand fighters.

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