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FARC raises minimum recruitment age to 18
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 11, 2016 1 comment

FARC raises minimum recruitment age to 18

Colombia’s FARC rebels announced they would not allow anyone under 18 to enter their ranks. The country’s human rights office, however, said the guerrillas have failed to keep a previous promise  Full Article »

8 cops injured in Colombia border city attack; fears over increased ELN attacks
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 10, 2016 Leave a comment

8 cops injured in Colombia border city attack; fears over increased ELN attacks

Authorities in Cucuta, Colombia’s biggest city on the Venezuela border, declared the highest alert after an explosive device injured eight policemen. Police suspect ELN rebels have targeted the city amid a nation-wide campaign  Full Article »

FARC political reps replace military commanders in Havana as peace deal inches closer: Report
Posted by Taran Volckhausen on Feb 10, 2016 Leave a comment

FARC political reps replace military commanders in Havana as peace deal inches closer: Report

The FARC rebel group is reportedly sending military commanders back to lead their troops in Colombia and replacing them with ideologues, indicating a shift in strategy as the peace talks near an end and armed  Full Article »

Obama formally asks US Congress for increase in aid for Colombia
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 10, 2016 3 comments

Obama formally asks US Congress for increase in aid for Colombia

US President Barack Obama presented his 2017 budget proposal, including an annual aid package for Colombia’s pending peace process, to the Republican-dominated US Congress on Tuesday.

FARC’s last founding member dies at 83
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 9, 2016 Leave a comment

FARC’s last founding member dies at 83

One of the founding leaders of the FARC, “Martin Villa,” has died at 83, the rebel group announced on Monday.

ELN must free hostages before any peace talks: Govt
Posted by Reuters on Feb 9, 2016 Leave a comment

ELN must free hostages before any peace talks: Govt

The ELN, Colombia’s second-largest leftist rebel group, must release a civilian and a soldier held hostage before the government will agree to begin a peace process, President Juan Manuel Santos  Full Article »

Bureaucracy could ruin prospects of peace in Colombia: UN
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Bureaucracy could ruin prospects of peace in Colombia: UN

The first 12 months that follow a peace deal with FARC rebels will be crucial for peace in Colombia, the United Nations’ representative in the country said Monday, adding that  Full Article »

‘ELN’ attacks army compound in northeast Colombia city
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 8, 2016 2 comments

‘ELN’ attacks army compound in northeast Colombia city

Alleged ELN rebels have carried out a mortar attack on a military complex in Arauca, a city in the northeast of Colombia.

Uribe asks Obama to urge changes in pending Colombia peace deal
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 8, 2016 1 comment

Uribe asks Obama to urge changes in pending Colombia peace deal

Colombia’s hard-line former President Alvaro Uribe publicly asked the United States on Sunday to reconsider its support for a pending peace deal with the FARC, and continue prosecuting and imprisoning guerrilla drug  Full Article »

The 3 pillars of America’s newly proposed security policy for Colombia
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 5, 2016 1 comment

The 3 pillars of America’s newly proposed security policy for Colombia

US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the 15-year-old “Plan Colombia” will become “Peace Colombia.” According to the White House, the change is not just in the name, but  Full Article »

Kidnapping in Colombia down 27%
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Kidnapping in Colombia down 27%

Slightly over 200 people were kidnapped in Colombia in 2015, a 27% drop compared to the year before, according to Defense Ministry statistics.

Obama wants to donate $450M annually as ‘Plan Colombia’ becomes ‘Peace Colombia’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 4, 2016 6 comments

Obama wants to donate $450M annually as ‘Plan Colombia’ becomes ‘Peace Colombia’

The United States will drastically ramp up its contributions to Colombia from $300 million to $450 million annually to support a peace process that seeks to end more than half a decade  Full Article »

US already supporting Colombia’s post-conflict: Ambassador
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 4, 2016 Leave a comment

US already supporting Colombia’s post-conflict: Ambassador

The United States is already supporting post-conflict programs ahead of a peace deal between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels, the US ambassador to Bogotá said Thursday.

Soldier captured by ELN at rebel checkpoint: Colombia military
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 4, 2016 Leave a comment

Soldier captured by ELN at rebel checkpoint: Colombia military

Guerrillas of Colombia’s second largest rebel group ELN have captured a Colombian soldier at a rebel checkpoint in the north of the country, according to the military.

Correcting Plan Colombia: 5 ways the US can support lasting peace in Colombia

Correcting Plan Colombia: 5 ways the US can support lasting peace in Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will meet with US President Barack Obama to promote the peace process and mark the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, a US assistance package that  Full Article »

Santos and FARC tipped to win 2016 Nobel Peace Prize
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 1, 2016 6 comments

Santos and FARC tipped to win 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Colombia’s government and rebel group FARC are among the favorites to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize if they are able to sign peace, several experts said Monday.