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FARC rebel pleads guilty in US to hostage-taking of Americans
Posted by Reuters on Aug 27, 2015 1 comment

FARC rebel pleads guilty in US to hostage-taking of Americans

A member of Colombia’s FARC rebel group pleaded guilty in a US federal court to hostage-taking charges stemming from the 2003 kidnappings of three U.S. citizens in Colombia, the US  Full Article »

Majority of urban Colombia to vote in favor of FARC peace deal: Gallup
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Majority of urban Colombia to vote in favor of FARC peace deal: Gallup

Almost 69% of Colombia’s urban dwellers will vote in favor of a peace deal with FARC rebels if one is reached, according to pollster Gallup.

Peace talks set to be formalized with Colombia’s ELN rebels
Posted by Grace Brown on Aug 25, 2015 1 comment

Peace talks set to be formalized with Colombia’s ELN rebels

The supreme commander of Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, the ELN, announced on Tuesday that peace talks with Colombia’s government announced in June last year are close to being formalized.

FARC admits killing community leader during unilateral ceasefire
Posted by Grace Brown on Aug 24, 2015 2 comments

FARC admits killing community leader during unilateral ceasefire

The FARC on Sunday admitted the rebel group’s responsibility for killing a community leader while its current unilateral ceasefire was in force.

FARC violated ceasefire twice, Colombian army focused on other groups: Report
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 21, 2015 2 comments

FARC violated ceasefire twice, Colombian army focused on other groups: Report

FARC rebels have violated their self-imposed unilateral ceasefire twice while the Colombian military has largely avoided attacking the guerrillas in its attempt to deescalate violence while peace talks continue, observers said Thursday.

FARC ceasefires caused decrease in violence in Colombia: UN
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 20, 2015 Leave a comment

FARC ceasefires caused decrease in violence in Colombia: UN

A unilateral ceasefire declared by Colombia’s FARC rebels during peace talks with the government has reduced conflict-related violence to its lowest level in 30 years, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Pope has no plans yet to meet FARC in Cuba: Vatican
Posted by Grace Brown on Aug 19, 2015 1 comment

Pope has no plans yet to meet FARC in Cuba: Vatican

Pope Francis has no plans to meet with the FARC during his visit to Cuba next month, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Colombia congress to decide how to ‘seal’ possible peace deal with FARC
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia congress to decide how to ‘seal’ possible peace deal with FARC

Colombia’s Congress will decide how the country is going to “seal” a possible peace deal with leftist FARC rebels, lawmakers said after meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday.

Colombia’s business leaders agree with FARC on constituent assembly to seal peace deal
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 18, 2015 2 comments

Colombia’s business leaders agree with FARC on constituent assembly to seal peace deal

Colombia’s business leaders agree with rebel group FARC that the best way to seal a possible peace deal with the government would be through a National Constituent Assembly rather than  Full Article »

Colombia peace talks’ thorniest point, justice, negotiated by international panel
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 18, 2015 1 comment

Colombia peace talks’ thorniest point, justice, negotiated by international panel

Colombia’s peace talks have installed an international sub-commission, including an American and a Spaniard, that will seek to break the deadlock on how the Colombian state and rebels would pay for war crimes.

Colombia govt bombs FARC units in spite of suspension: Rebel leader
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 17, 2015 1 comment

Colombia govt bombs FARC units in spite of suspension: Rebel leader

The leader of Colombia’s FARC rebels said Sunday that the military has carried out air strikes in spite of a suspension, contradicting observers who have claimed the army has not carried  Full Article »

Ceasefire in Colombia possible after justice deal with FARC: Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Ceasefire in Colombia possible after justice deal with FARC: Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he would be willing to declare a bilateral ceasefire once FARC and government peace negotiators reach a compromise on transitional justice.

How much money does the FARC have?
Posted by Mark Kennedy on Aug 14, 2015 1 comment

How much money does the FARC have?

The FARC rebel group, Colombia’s largest, makes enough money through illegal business that the guerrillas are able to pay for its war against the state, but what isn’t well known is  Full Article »

Ban Ki-moon designates UN delegate to Colombia peace process
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 13, 2015 1 comment

Ban Ki-moon designates UN delegate to Colombia peace process

United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named Frenchman Jean Arnault delegate to formally monitor and verify attempts to deescalate conflict violence in Colombia during peace talks.

Peace negotiator implicated in one of Colombia’s most traumatic political murders
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Peace negotiator implicated in one of Colombia’s most traumatic political murders

A former top commander of paramilitary umbrella organization AUC has testified that a military general who takes part in peace negotiations with FARC rebels also took part in the killing  Full Article »

Colombian army unit commander sentenced to 58 years for murdering civilians
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Aug 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombian army unit commander sentenced to 58 years for murdering civilians

A lieutenant colonel of Colombia’s National Army has been sentenced to 58 years in prison for the murder of five civilians who were fraudulently presented as guerrillas killed in combat.