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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Colombia Announces Cease Fire with Several Armed Groups Including ex-FARC

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Colombian President Gustavo Petro, a leftist and former guerrilla, announced late on Saturday a January ceasefire with five illegal armed groups to support peace talks.

Petro has pledged to end the Andean nation's internal conflict, which has run for almost six decades and left at least 450,000 dead between 1985 and 2018. "This is a bold act," Petro wrote on Twitter. "The bilateral ceasefire obliges the armed organizations and the state to respect it. There will be a national and international verification mechanism."

Among the groups are the leftist guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN) as well as dissident groups run by former members of the now-demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Segunda Marquetalia, and Estado Mayor Central.

In a separate statement, the Colombian government said it had received letters from society, the church, and many community organizations asking to end the violence. The government added that it would issue a specific decree for each organization, which would determine the duration and conditions of the ceasefire. It is set to end on June 30 but can be extended.

In the case of the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, the FARC EP, Segunda Marquetalia and the Conquistadores Self-Defense Forces of the Sierra Nevada, it is clarified that the process is submission to justice and a process of dialogue.

However, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the FARC-EP Central General Staff could initiate a peace process with the National Government. Earlier in December, ELN declared a nine-day unilateral ceasefire over the Christmas period and completed the first cycle of peace talks between the two parties in Venezuela's capital Caracas. However, they issued a statement denying they have agreed to the cease-fire set forth by President Petro last week.

ELN Denial

After a communiqué was released in which the ELN denied the bilateral cessation announced by President Gustavo Petro, the president called an extraordinary meeting to consider resuming actions and operations against that illegal armed group.

Response from United States Politician

However, another important factor in security decisions in Colombia is the United States. Every year, the US sends economic aid to the country to finance the war against drugs and terrorism.

When the US Representative of Florida, Mario Díaz-Balart, was consulted on Tuesday about the possible cessation of hostilities, he quoted the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill. “Appeasement is like feeding a crocodile expecting it to eat you last. I believe that one has to know the intentions of groups and individuals. Appeasement throughout history has never worked," the Republican told Caracol Radio.

In addition, the Cuban-American congressman stated that the Republicans will seek to condition US aid to Colombia from the House of Representatives. "There are many things that we can do to condition any type of assistance, relationship and help, to things that are positive for the people of Colombia and for the security of the United States," he said.


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    1. Even though they started as self defense forces I'd say they are considered more a dto than a rebel group. Most of the groups listed have a political ideology than a strictly drug trafficking m.o. Not saying they haven't profited from taxing or some members participating but most started out as revolutionary groups looking for social equalities

    2. The ex farc is most definitely a DTO they produce cocaine and sell wholesale in Colombia

  2. You probably going to see cocaine mafias alledgely put down their arms..... Yeah right.

  3. Well, it's about time. Maybe this time the President of Colombia will actually do what the President of Colombia says he is going to do for the past 30 years....

    I think Colombia should legalize cocaine production and sales and tax it..... like Bolivia. Bolivian cocaine is so good, clean, pure, and tasty that it doesn't get exported from the region at all.

    Everyone in Ecuador and Peru snort it with the Secret Service at the sex parties in the hotel... strawberry cocaine is tasty too but more of a Mexican invention.....

    Either way, FARC has no business competing with Cartel Golfo (Gulf Cartel of Colombia not Mexico.....) or Cartel Medellin or Cartel Cali......

    well you can get your sugar bugars in Venezuela too....

    just not Chicago because Chapo put pee pee and poo poo in his chowder powders

  4. probably gonna be so much cocaine flooding every country soon…. Ceasefire just looks good for headlines lol

    1. Unfortunately not unless they give the Gulf Clan amnesty. He’s sort of already shown that he’s only interested in smoothiing things over with the left-wing paramilitaries. Nothing will really change unless the situation with the Gulf Clan is worked out.

  5. Tasty you say but with a soaring high that had my buddy drive his van into a I 10 bridge abutment 20 years ago...still miss him !

    1. 11:38 Prohibition didn’t stop him?

  6. Legalize cocaine already and stop pretending like human beings will ever stop wanting to do it. There’s worse drugs than coke to focus on.

  7. Better flood the US with coke than meth or fentanyl

    1. If it where up to the Colombians then it would be. Why do you think Europe's flooded with cocaine? Because the colombians changed they're strategy and focused on Europe

    2. 7:18 We know. And we’re jealous


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