Peace in Colombia: Between Expectations and Uncertainties

Peace in Colombia: Between Expectations and Uncertainties

By FOR Colombia
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 8:19pm

Peace in Colombia: Between Expectations and Uncertainties

By Alejo Vargas Velásquez, Professor, National University
From Caja de Herramientas Virtuales

The goal of a negotiated solution to Colombia’s long-running war has always been key. In recent weeks it has become more prominent in national debate. FOR presents one Colombian’s view on where it is going.

The armed conflict in Colombia has in recent days been on the national agenda. This is not only because of new killings that had a deep impact – the murder of four members of the armed forces by the FARC guerrillas – but also because of citizen reactions and several statements by President Santos and the guerrilla groups. Let’s look at the sequence of events and what evaluation we can make.

In what everything indicates was a rescue attempt by the Army of kidnapped members of the armed forces, four of them were killed by their captors and one managed to escape. This generated, as expected, widespread national rejection and led to a march rejecting kidnapping, for the release of those kidnapped and against violence, especially by the FARC.


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