Following the announcement by the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, on the bilateral ceasefire with the Clan del Golfo, The Pacific Regional Ombudsman’s Office expressed its concern for the communities that are confined and displaced due to clashes between armed groups.
The Pacific regional ombudsman, Germán David Torres, warned that the government decision could exacerbate the problem and increase displacement in this area of the Valley.
“The Ombudsman takes the Government’s decision with concern. The Bajo Calima community has already raised its concern about the bilateral cessation and because the issue of violence in these sectors can intensify. We will be aware of what the reaction and behavior of this illegal group will be,” the defender said.
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In the same way, the defender indicated that from the entity The support of the authorities is being requested to guarantee the return of the communities and prevent further displacement.
“It is worrisome that more displacements occur, but we are going to talk to the authorities to find out what decisions have been made in favor of the communities”he added.
Meanwhile, the commander of the Second Marine Brigade, José Domingo Cantillo, specified that the actions in the territory will be reinforced to safeguard the communities affected and counter attacks of the Gulf Clan.
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“That page of the bilateral cessation with the Clan del Golfo is closed, the order to the Military Forces is a frontal fight with these narco-terrorist structures. At once we begin to activate all operations in these regions, where these criminal structures commit crimes”said the commander.
It should be remembered that in rural area of Buenaventura More than 800 people continue to be displaced and confined.