Colombia: new momentum for peace?

10-07-2013

In autumn 2012, Colombia's government and the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) started direct peace negotiations, in an attempt to put an end to the 50-year old conflict, which has had over 5 million victims to date. Recently, they have agreed on the first issue on the agenda, relating to land reform. However, the outcome of the talks remains uncertain, as four other difficult issues figure on the agenda: political participation, an end to the conflict, illegal drugs and victims' rights.

In autumn 2012, Colombia's government and the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) started direct peace negotiations, in an attempt to put an end to the 50-year old conflict, which has had over 5 million victims to date. Recently, they have agreed on the first issue on the agenda, relating to land reform. However, the outcome of the talks remains uncertain, as four other difficult issues figure on the agenda: political participation, an end to the conflict, illegal drugs and victims' rights.