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Positive Progress in Colombia’s Peace Process

LADB Article ID: 79768
Category/Department: Colombia
Date: 2015-09-18
By: Andrés Gaudín

The tremendous reduction of armed clashes in Colombia—between mid-July and mid-August the country experienced the 30 least-violent days in 41 years of an internal war that has lasted more than half a century—has led both parties of the conflict to envision signing a peace accord before the end of the year. President Juan Manuel Santos gave voice to such optimism when he said, "We are living a kind of preview of what a country at peace would be." After 40 rounds of negotiations during 32 months of dialogue in Cuba, the Colombian government and the guerrilla fighters of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) are making arrangements for the international community to help verify compliance once the peace is sealed. Based on the experience of other countries where internal conflicts have been resolved through dialogue, this external assistance is necessary to avoid unwanted failure. In Colombia’s optimistic climate, the press has begun to reveal previously unknown details about the role played by the countries that are "guarantors" of the dialogue (Cuba and Norway), "companion" countries (Venezuela and Chile), and countries with discrete proximity.

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