by Louise Højen, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
In July, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos threatened to terminate the ongoing peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC, a guerilla movement that has operated for half a century in the northern sector of Colombia. What was then a threat and has now become a reality, even a relatively distant one. The fact is that on several occasions Santos bluffed but at the last moment, stepped back from the brink. It is almost certainty that the peace talks are as important to Santos as they are to the guerilla leadership. This does not always contain political strands, but economic strands as well as aborting the talks would woefully harm the Colombian society.
On Nov. 16, President Santos suspended the peace talks, which have been underway since the fall of 2012. The suspension was due to the kidnapping by FARC of military official General Rubén Darío Alzate, who has been leading the Titan Task Force in Colombia’s Chocó region, another military official, and a civilian. In the evening of November 16, Santos demanded their immediate release and followed his denouncement of the kidnappings by suspending the peace talks with FARC and their planned meeting in Cuba on Nov. 17.
For more on this story, visit: Colombia Suspends Peace Talks with FARC.
Colombia’s peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels were in crisis on Monday as troops scoured a Pacific coast region for an army general kidnapped over the weekend in a brash move by guerrillas that endangers efforts to end 50 years of war.
For more on this story, visit: Colombia peace talks in limbo over kidnapped army general | Reuters.