Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, International Forum in Cartagena

· Conflict, Violence

The initiative is of the Colombian government and 46 countries accepted the invitation of the International Forum “Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration” as a space to share experiences in this matter. Colombia, of course, is an expert with a long standing conflict of five decades and several attends to obtain peace. However, the government of president Uribe has offered a wide program of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration for illegal armed groups like the paramilitary commandos and the communist guerrillas.

It will be the first international forum of this kind in the world and it will be hold in Cartagena de Indias since 4th of May. A number of 24 countries are following processes of disarmament and they will talk about their achievements, obstacles, results and ideas about conflicts, violence, victims and the role of the state.

The role of the international community and the civil society in their attend to obtain peace in the countries with long armed conflicts or civil wars is going to be analyzed as well. The Colombian government will show its ways of attention to communities that have been victims of violence, actions in favor of peace and opportunities for a social reintegration.

According with official statistics presented in the Forum, about 50 thousand persons have demobilized from armed illegal groups in Colombia and a number of 33 thousand are inside a process of reintegration.

The First International Forum about disarmament, demobilization and reintegration will produce a document that will be entitled “Cartagena Contribution to DDR.” The Forum is directed by Nat J. Colletta. General Antonio Francisco Andrade, the president of Amnisty of Uganda is one of the guest of the Forum besides humanitarian leaders, Latin American former presidents and many other leaders linked to peace processes in the world. President Álvaro Uribe will give the last speech.

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