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Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

Colombia's Congress has ratified a revised version of the peace accord with the FARC, a positive sign of political will to move the process forward despite lingering uncertainties concerning the time frame for implementation.*

Peace Deal Signed in Colombia as Threat of FARC Fragmentation Looms Large

Peace Deal Signed in Colombia as Threat of FARC Fragmentation Looms Large

Colombia's government and rebel group the FARC have signed a revised peace deal, as the two sides race to reduce the chances of more guerrilla fighters falling outside of the planned demobilization process.

Santos Recognizes Criminal Groups are Moving into FARC Areas

Santos Recognizes Criminal Groups are Moving into FARC Areas

Top officials in Colombia have recognized a phenomenon that has become increasingly apparent to observers of the FARC peace process: criminal groups are taking control of areas abandoned by the guerrillas.

Two FARC Guerrillas Killed in First Reported Violation of Colombia Ceasefire

Two FARC Guerrillas Killed in First Reported Violation of Colombia Ceasefire

Two FARC guerrillas have reportedly been killed by soldiers in Colombia in the first publicly reported violation of a bilateral ceasefire meant to smooth the path towards a peace deal with the left-wing rebels. However, the outbreak of hostilities shows how precarious the process has become.

Colombia Has a New Peace Deal, But Challenges Remain

Colombia Has a New Peace Deal, But Challenges Remain

Forty days after Colombia rejected a peace agreement between the government and FARC rebels, a second deal has been signed with 56 amendments, getting the peace process back on track. Nevertheless, huge challenges remain.

'First' Seizure of FARC's Illegal Mining Assets Could Worsen Dissidence

'First' Seizure of FARC's Illegal Mining Assets Could Worsen Dissidence

Colombia's Attorney General has announced what appears to be the first ever seizure of mining-related FARC assets, potentially stirring up the already turbulent process of finding a resolution to the FARC peace crisis.

Colombia’s FARC Could Break Apart: Defense Minister

Colombia’s FARC Could Break Apart: Defense Minister

Colombia's Defense Minister has voiced serious concerns that the FARC guerrilla group may break apart if the government does not work fast to reach a new peace accord -- a politically charged process that looks set to be a slow one.

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the peace process are high.