RPR Peace Mail_July 25-31
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On Monday, July 31st, the process of arms extraction from the transitional zones began along with the collection of the weapons caches. On Tuesday, July 25th, the Senate approved the second of four debates on the current legal project for the creation of 16 Special Transitional Peace Constituencies (CTEP) that would result in 16 temporary seats in Congress over two terms (to be elected each term). The FARC began their six-day conference on Thursday, July 27th, in order to determine the name, vision, and regulations for their emerging political party. More than 4,000 disarmed FARC members received a bank account. By Monday, July 31st, the FARC had handed in an initial list of all of their assets; the final list will not be ready until after August 15th, when the implementation commission finishes its first phase of work. ELN-GoC ceasefire overtures sputter in Ecuador, while confrontations continue in Colombia.