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Suspending bombings does not mean that law enforcement authorities will not be present across the entire national territory: President Santos

• Speaking during the ‘Estamos Cumpliendo’ (‘Keeping Our Word’) tour on the chapter about the Department of Social Prosperity (DPS), the Head of State said that peace will be made without leaving a single Colombian unprotected.

• The President stated that those who are saying that the suspension of the bombings against FARC campsites is a concealed bilateral ceasefire are lying.

Ovejas, Sucre, July 27, 2015 (SIG).

The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, stated this Monday that his recent order to suspend bombings against FARC campsites does not mean that law enforcement authorities will not be present across the entire national territory.

Speaking during the ‘Estamos Cumpliendo’ (‘Keeping Our Word’) tour on the chapter about the Department of Social Prosperity (DPS), the Head of State denied versions that suggest that the suspension of the bombings is a concealed bilateral ceasefire.

“Bombings may only be carried out following orders of the President of the Republic. What does this mean? That it is a gesture towards gradual de-escalation. It does not mean that law enforcement authorities will not be present across the entire national territory (…); quite the opposite, they will have more resources, increased capacity to go after all those who carry on committing crimes”, the President said.

In this sense, President Santos explained that said order “does not mean that law enforcement authorities will cease to operate across every inch of our territory”.

And he assured that law enforcement authorities will continue performing their task in protecting and guaranteeing the security of all the Colombian people.

“There is no relation whatsoever between the order not to bomb the FARC campsites with the ongoing activities of our law enforcement authorities -our Army, our Air Force, our Navy, our Police-, protecting and guaranteeing the security of the Colombian people”, the President argued.

In this respect, the President of the Republic pointed out: “Law enforcement authorities will maintain their activities and their presence throughout the entire territory, protecting all the Colombian people”.

Likewise, the Head of State said that it makes him sad to see that when a step is taken towards achieving peace, those who are opposed to the process in Havana voice statements aimed at misinforming the country.

“I feel extremely sad to see that each time we take a step that brings us closer to peace, all those enemies of the process emerge seeking to misinform the country, to say to the Colombian people; ‘Oh, the President ordered the law enforcement authorities to stay put, we are going to fall in the hands of the criminals’. That is absolutely false”.

Lastly, President Juan Manuel Santos concluded: “Those who are saying that the order given is a concealed bilateral ceasefire are lying, because that is not the case”.

The Head of State was accompanied at the event by the Director of the Department for Social Prosperity, Tatyana Orozco, and other National Government officers.