Sunday, June 30, 2013

COLOMBIA WATCH- SCANDAL RIDDEN COLONIAL LANDLORD,(URIBE ALLY) FEARS COMMUNIST REDISTRIBUTION OF LANDS ... Colombia cattle ranchers fear ‘communist’ redistribution of lands after FARC deal

Colombia’s federation of cattle ranchers, representing the country’s large land owners, on Friday rejected a recently made agrarian deal with the FARC that according to the agricultural businessmen includes Venezuela-like expropriations of private property.Jose Felix Lafaurie, president of FEDEGAN, said the joint report from the negotiating table in Havana “generates more questions than answers,” and opens the door to legally acquired land being expropriated.His letter to chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle Lombana also warns that FARC and other illegal armed groups are concentrating land ownership, saying that ranchers will not accept losses of land while illegal groups benefit.[[[[[[[Lafaurie is a loyal ally of former president Uribe and strong critic of Santos. Mired in corruption scandals several times, he has managed to continue his political career while also running significant business interests of his own]]]]]].While Lafaurie accepted that illegally taken land should be returned, his letter expressed concern that the ability to expropriate legally owned, but unused lands to give it to small farmers would “open a Pandora’s Box” in which legal land owners would become targets of a process in which the government agencies would have too much discretionary power.However, [[[[[[FEDEGAN cattle ranchers have been accused of being some of the chief propagators of paramilitary violence in Colombia, and Lafaurie himself has admitted to FEDEGAN paying AUC paramilitaries, the main perpetrators of massive land theft]]]]]].

The landowner representative reserved his full fury for the government’s negotiating position with the FARC, saying that the government has “acquiesced” to the FARC’s ideological position that “a communist utopia of equality is achieved by redistribution.” He also criticized the idea of creating more Farmers’ Reserve Zones, saying they could act as a cover for FARC guerrillas.The government has in recent years seized much land and many other assets belonging to the FARC and drug-trafficking groups. However the national paramilitary network AUC was also known to be involved in land theft from small farmers that, through corrupt government officials, then legally handed up in the hands of large landowners. It is unknown how much of this land has been seized or returned.
The joint report of the negotiators in Havana on the issue of land in Colombia was the first such report produced as part of the peace process and is intended to form the basis of the final peace deal.
[ed notes: FEDEGAN IS A MAFIA OF LAND OLYGARCHS! also see..the ex head of FEDEGAN admitted that business's aligned with FEDEGAN hired and employed deathsquads(same ones who usrped lands later aquired by tthese businessmen).. Businessmen came to AUC to "safeguard their interests," says former President FEDEGAN 
 He said that when he presided over the union of farmers never aware of such links between some of its members with the paramilitaries.About the recent pronouncement of winners and entrepreneurs Bajo Cauca Antioquia, Visbal said they  in the past had supported a group outside the law.However, he clarified that "it does not mean that all who are farmers are sponsors" of the paramilitaries.
 also see...  Former ministers’ bribery cases to be joined  During the Yidispolitica investigation, ex-Superintendent of Notary and Registration Jose Felix Lafaurie and ex-Vice Interior Minister Hernando Angarita were also named as participants in the scandal.

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