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Colombia’s Final Steps to the End of War
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Colombians raise their hands with the word "peace" during an event in Bogota in June 2014. AFP/Diana Sanchez

NEW REPORT FROM CRISIS GROUP

Colombia’s Final Steps to the End of War

Painstaking negotiations have brought Colombia to the verge of peace with its main insurgency, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Over half a century of armed conflict, leaving over 220,000 dead, displacing six million and imprinting poorer regions and the central state with deep divisions and lingering grudges, appears close to an end. On 23 June, the parties announced a detailed plan to gather FARC fighters in 28 zones to lay down arms. The insurgency’s 15,000 combatants and militia members are then soon to resume civilian life, while it seeks to convert its radical ideology into a force able to compete in a democratic system. A final peace deal, unveiled on 24 August, resolved the last disputes and brought together earlier agreements to initiate an ambitious scheme of transitional justice; rescue rural Colombia from stark inequalities; further open up the country’s democracy; and begin, with FARC help, a program to replace coca cultivation with licit crops and off-farm economic opportunities.
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VIDEO

The Community Factor in Colombia's Search For Peace

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas brought nearly four years of negotiations to a close by announcing a final peace deal on 24 August. In this documentary, Crisis Group's senior Colombia analyst Kyle Johnson travels to the rural areas to speak to local communities affected by the peace accord.
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