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Santos warns FARC not to breach ceasefire
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 28, 2015 2 comments

Santos warns FARC not to breach ceasefire

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned FARC rebels on Tuesday that any breach of their current unilateral ceasefire will have severe repercussions on the Havana peace negotiations. The guerrillas in  Full Article »

Bilateral ceasefire in Colombia ‘very far away': Defense Minister
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Bilateral ceasefire in Colombia ‘very far away': Defense Minister

A bilateral ceasefire between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels is “very far away,” said the country’s Defense Minister on Monday.

Excavation of Colombia’s largest mass grave begins in Medellin
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Excavation of Colombia’s largest mass grave begins in Medellin

Family members of some of the possible 300 victims thought to be buried in a mass grave in Medellin, gathered near the grave site on Monday before authorities begin the  Full Article »

FARC praises suspension of air strikes, opposition rejects reciprocation to ceasefire
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 27, 2015 Leave a comment

FARC praises suspension of air strikes, opposition rejects reciprocation to ceasefire

Colombia’s rebel group FARC on Sunday praised President Juan Manuel Santos’ move to suspend air strikes on guerrilla targets in an attempt to deescalate the ongoing armed conflict. The conservative opposition in  Full Article »

Transitional justice in Colombia: A very sharp double-edged sword
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 27, 2015 4 comments

Transitional justice in Colombia: A very sharp double-edged sword

Colombia’s peace talks are stuck on the subject of justice as both the FARC and the government fear the legal consequences of the tens of thousands of war crimes committed  Full Article »

Santos suspends air strikes on FARC camps following rebel truce
Posted by The Associated Press on Jul 26, 2015 1 comment

Santos suspends air strikes on FARC camps following rebel truce

Colombia’s government said Saturday it is suspending aerial bombings of guerrilla camps in a bid to de-escalate fighting and breathe new life into struggling peace talks.

Peace talks opponents ‘want to sow discord in US over Colombia': Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Peace talks opponents ‘want to sow discord in US over Colombia': Santos

President Juan Manuel Santos warned Colombia’s conservative opposition he will “under no circumstance allow” critics of peace talks with rebel group FARC to “sow discord” in the United States.

ELN drops demand for bilateral ceasefire ahead of peace talks
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 24, 2015 Leave a comment

ELN drops demand for bilateral ceasefire ahead of peace talks

Colombia’s second largest rebel group, the ELN, said they have dropped their demand to hold a bilateral truce with the Colombian government before formalizing peace talks announced more than a year ago.

UN to send team of experts to monitor conflict deescalation in Colombia
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 23, 2015 Leave a comment

UN to send team of experts to monitor conflict deescalation in Colombia

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it will send a team of experts to Cuba for the verification and monitoring of efforts to deescalate violence between Colombia’s FARC guerrillas and  Full Article »

FARC ‘probably’ detonated IED during ceasefire: Police
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 22, 2015 Leave a comment

FARC ‘probably’ detonated IED during ceasefire: Police

A roadside bomb that exploded close to a police checkpoint in the north of Colombia on Tuesday was “probably” detonated by FARC rebels whose unilateral ceasefire took effect on Monday, according to the National  Full Article »

Nobel Women seek better care for Colombia sex abuse victims
Posted by EFE on Jul 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Nobel Women seek better care for Colombia sex abuse victims

Six Nobel Prize winners, led by America’s Jody Williams, wrote a letter supporting the action being taken by five organizations demanding that victims of sexual violence in Colombia be guaranteed  Full Article »

Colombia resumes demining project after death of soldier
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia resumes demining project after death of soldier

Members of Colombia’s military and rebel group FARC have resumed a landmine removal pilot project in the north of Colombia that was suspended last week when a soldier died after  Full Article »

Post-conflict tourism: Colombia looks at Vietnam for lessons
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 21, 2015 2 comments

Post-conflict tourism: Colombia looks at Vietnam for lessons

Colombia’s vice-minister for tourism is in Vietnam to learn how her country’s tourism sector can benefit if a deal is reached between the government and FARC rebels to end more than 50 years of  Full Article »

FARC ceasefire comes into force after 2 months of attacks and combat
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 20, 2015 1 comment

FARC ceasefire comes into force after 2 months of attacks and combat

Following two months of intense violence, the leaders of Colombia’s FARC rebels on Monday ordered their troops to indefinitely cease attacks on Monday.

UN urges less aggressive rhetoric as Colombia peace talks progress
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 17, 2015 Leave a comment

UN urges less aggressive rhetoric as Colombia peace talks progress

The United Nations called on Colombia’s politicians and FARC rebels to establish a more peaceful public discourse without understating or being apologetic about crimes committed during the 51-year-long armed conflict.

FARC relentlessly continues attacks ahead of ceasefire
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 16, 2015 1 comment

FARC relentlessly continues attacks ahead of ceasefire

Colombian rebel group FARC has relentlessly continued attacking infrastructure and security forces in the days after it announced a unilateral ceasefire set for July 20.