Cuba Will Pay For 500 Former FARC Guerillas To Study Medicine / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana, 16 March 2017 — The Cuban Government will offer to
Colombia one thousand scholarships to study medicine on the Island, of
which 500 will go to former FARC guerrillas and another 500 to civilians
without ties with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
The proposal was presented by the Cuban ambassador in Colombia, José
Luis Ponce Caballero, to Iván Márquez and to the Commission for
implementation, monitoring, verification, and resolution of differences
of the Final Peace Agreement (CSVR). It is a contribution to the peace
process and to the post-conflict phase.
The 1,000 grants will be distributed over five years and the first
course will begin this coming September. Each year 100 grants will be
awarded to the Government and 100 to the FARC for its management.
"The embassy of the Republic of Cuba will deliver to the Government of
Colombia and the FARC a document detailing the offer, which is being
prepared by the Cuban authorities," Ponce said.
Iván Márquez, a former FARC guerrilla and leader of the peace process on
the part of the guerrillas, thanked the Cuban government for the
gesture. "To Army General Raúl Castro, our gratitude for filling
Colombia with his love and solidarity He supports peace and offers us
doctors," he said.
The total price for a foreigner without a scholarship who wants to study
medicine on the island is about $85,000 for six years of study.
Translator's note: Foreigners studying medicine in Cuba attend the Latin
American School of Medicine, which was established specifically to
educate foreigners separately from Cubans.
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