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What next for the peace negotiation between the Colombian government and the FARC?

Haspeslagh, Sophie (2015) What next for the peace negotiation between the Colombian government and the FARC? Policy Brief (1/2015). London School of Economics and Political Science, Global South Unit, London, UK.

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The peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) officially started in October 2012. The negotiations are being held in Havana, Cuba and followed a pre-negotiation phase, which included a year and a half of discreet contacts and cofindence building measures as well as six months of secret exploratory talks. The negotiations have already led to three substantive agreements on land reform, political participation and the illegal drugs trade. Three agenda points remain on the rights of the victims of the conflict, the end of the conflict (cease-fire and disarmament) and the implementation of all the agreed points. The ongoing peace negotiation in Colombia is already informing other processes around the globe. The agenda is clear, the rules of the game explicit and the political will apparent. It is evident that the current negotiations have been well prepared during a two-year process of pre-negotiation. Tere have also been a number of innovative mechanisms put in place such as the historical Commission, the victims’ delegations and the gender sub-commission. But, as with any peace negotiations, substantial challenges lie ahead. Based on interviews in Bogotá and Havana and experience working on other peace processes here are a few reflections on five key challenges that lie ahead.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Collections > LSE Global South Unit Working Paper Series
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 10:47
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 23:32

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