COLOMBIA: CPT's letter to AUC paramilitaries

November 30, 2001
COLOMBIA: CPT's letter to AUC paramilitaries

Below is an open letter that CPT in Barrancabermeja has just today
distributed throughout the city and the surrounding areas. We sent this
letter because of recent interactions with members of the AUC (the acronym
for the paramilitary forces here). We are hoping that this letter will lead
to less violence directed towards the civilian population.

November 29, 2001

Open Letter
To the leadership of the United Self-defence Forces of Colombia
        (AUC is the Spanish acronym)
Municipality of Barrancabermeja and surroundings

By means of this letter we would like to discuss the principles of our
organization, our work and some events that took place recently.

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an international initiative of the
Mennonite Church, the Church of the Brethren, Quakers (Society of Friends)
and other followers of Jesus Christ, Catholic and Protestant who share the
goal of reducing violence.

CPT is founded on the principle of "love of enemy" and rejects all forms of
violence for the resolution of conflicts. The membership of CPT believes
that all conflicts can be resolved without the possession or use of weapons
or of any form of violence or cohersion, including and especially lethal

By invitation of the villages of La Colorada, La Florida and Los Yeques, all
in the township of Ci