Winds of Peace in Colombia and the Fate of Paramilitary Structures

Winds of Peace in Colombia and the Fate of Paramilitary Structures

By Susana Pimiento

Winds of Peace in Colombia and the Fate of Paramilitary Structures
 On August 27, the buzz about the peace talks between the Colombian government and the leftist FARC guerrillas grew exponentially, as Telesur reported early in the morning that an initial agreement has been reached to start a dialogue that would lead, once and for all, to end the five-decade Colombian armed conflict. In the evening, President Santos confirmed the news, with a short statement. Inter-Press Servicedocumented the chronology of the Santos-FARC initial talks.

Warm Welcome to Peace Talks

The news of peace negotiations have received an overwhelmingly positive response, both among Colombian political forces and in the international community. A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, at a press conference on August 28, said it welcomes “any efforts to end the hemisphere’s longest-running conflict and to bring about lasting peace in Colombia”. A similar statement was issuedby U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, through spokesperson Martin Nesirky.
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