"While polls show a majority of voters will vote yes, some of its provisions—such as no jail time for those who confess to crimes such as kidnapping, killings and child recruitment—are hard for many Colombians to accept. Before the ceremony opponents to the deal, including the former president Álvaro Uribe, protested against the accord in the streets of Cartagena shouting: 'Santos is a traitor.' If approved, the Farc’s estimated 7,000 fighters and urban militia members will begin concentrating in 28 zones across the country to begin their disarmament and reintegration into civilian society, handing in their arsenal of weapons to a UN mission within five months," Sibylla Brodzinsky writes for the Guardian.
"Once the Colombian government decided to negotiate with FARC, it was unrealistic to expect that the process would end with FARC facing conventional legal opprobrium. Other countries that have made peace with insurgents have forsaken traditional justice in the interest of peace. For example, in El Salvador, the Salvadorian Peace Accords signed in 1992 led to the government’s granting general amnesty to the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) combatants. And the peace has proved to be lasting," Christine Balling writes for Foreign Affairs.
"The majority of people favor peace. The majority of people—vast majority, something well-over 95 percent of the population—distrust the FARC. But there are also a majority who believe that it is preferable to negotiate than to try to defeat the FARC on the battlefield. And I think that has been [former] President Uribe’s biggest criticism of the whole peace process, that Colombia was on the verge of a military defeat of the FARC, and Santos, rather than going for that solution, decided to open the negotiations," Cynthia Arnson said at a CFR event.