At the time of publication of Watchlist’s report, no peace talks between the government and guerrilla groups were formally known to the public. Watchlist stressed that the Colombian Government prioritize issues related to the protection of children into any future peace negotiations and peace accords. In the Fall of 2012, peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC were formally launched. According to the joint framework agreement signed in September 2012, the talks are open-ended and will cover five points: rural development; guarantees for the exercise of political opposition and citizen participation; the end of armed conflict; drug trafficking; and the rights of the victims of the conflict. National child rights activists have called on the Government to ensure that child protection issues be specifically addressed under the heading “victims of the conflict”. They have also underlined that the separation and reintegration of children associated with the FARC must be done through a formal and transparent process, to ensure that all benefit from adequate support, with particular attention should be paid to the formal release of children under the age of 15 (See COALICO Press Release, 12 February 2013). Recruitment below the age of 15 is a war crime and commanders may be tempted to divert these children from the formal demobilization process in order to avert criminal prosecution before national courts or the ICC.