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U.S. announces $160-M 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

May 14, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The funds is allotted for the 'implementation of peace" and to 'formalize land' in areas ravaged by half a century of armed conflict

A man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demo to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016.  Colombia's Congress is debating the government's controversial revised peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist FARC rebels after last month voters surprisingly snubbed an earlier version of the accord in a referendum. Now the government hopes to implement a revised accord through its majority in the legislature. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA

Thousands march in Bogota after deadly car bombing

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:27 AM

The protest march ends with a religious service in memory of the victims, all between the ages of 17 and 22, killed Thursday in the deadliest attack with explosives in the city since 2003

A demonstrator with a megaphone shouts slogans during a march against terrorism, in repudiation of the police academy recent car bombing that left 20 people dead, and in support of the victims and their relatives, on January 20, 2019. The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for Thursday's bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker, and dealt a body blow to the peace process. President Ivan Duque reinstated arrest warrants for 10 ELN peace negotiators who are part of the guerrilla group's delegation to the Cuba talks. Juan BARRETO / AFP

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

In his inaugural address, President Ivan Duque says he will take steps to fix 'structural flaws' in the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

NEW PRESIDENT. Colombia's Ivan Duque gives his thumb up during his inauguration ceremony at Bolivar Square in Bogota, on August 7, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Ex-Colombian rebels take up seats in congress hostile to them

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The ex-rebel delegation gets an icy reception from the party of newly-elected President Ivan Duque

IN CONGRESS. Colombian senator for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) Carlos Lozada (L), delivers a speech at the Capitol in Bogota during the installation of the new Congress, for the legislative period 2018-2022, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

'We apologize': former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'We apologize to all of them, we will do the impossible so they can know the truth of what happened, we will assume our responsibilities," says Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono, the leader of what was until recently the most powerful guerrilla group in South America.

A woman holds a T-shirt reading "Victim of the FARC" during a protest outside at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) headquarters in Bogota on July 13, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

FARC peace deal at risk as conservative Duque wins Colombia presidency

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which disarmed and transformed into a political party after the peace deal but did not contest the election, immediately calls on Duque to show 'good sense' in dealing with the agreement

IVAN DUQUE. Newly elected Colombian president Ivan Duque celebrates with supporters in Bogota, after winning the presidential runoff election on June 17, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

Colombian ELN rebels vow ceasefire for presidential vote

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The halt in military operations runs from Friday, June 15 to midnight Tuesday, June 19, the National Liberation Army said in its online publication 'Insurrection'

Colombia truth commission to 'heal wounds' of war, president says

May 09, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The members include sociologists, journalists, doctors, economists, attorneys and clerics. The commission is headed by a Jesuit priest, Francisco de Roux, known for his human rights work.

TRUTH COMMISSION. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. Photo byHector Retamal/AFP

Colombia's FARC furious over ex-rebel's arrest on drugs charges

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

FARC swiftly denounces Jesus Santrich's arrest, with a spokesman warning it could deal a damaging blow to the 2016 peace deal

In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia's Santos orders resumption of talks with ELN rebels

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos' announcement came in response to a unilateral ceasefire by the ELN for Sunday's legislative elections, seen as a test of the group's willingness to get back to negotiations

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Surveys show that ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo 'Timochenko' Londono – candidate for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force – had just 1% voter support

FARC ex-rebel leader sounds 'SOS' on Colombia peace deal

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:54 AM

Rodrigo Londono accuses the government of failing to honor the peace accord that won President Juan Manuel Santos the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

SOS. Rodrigo Londono Echeverri, known as 'Timochenko,' the presidential candidate for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force party, speaks during a press conference in Bogota, on February 28, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Colombia marks anniversary of FARC deal as optimism wanes

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono returns to the same Bogota theater where they signed the deal a year ago to end Latin America's longest war

ONE YEAR. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech, during the ceremony marking one-year anniversary of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC, at the Colon theater in Bogota on November 24, 2017. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Colombia government, rebels hail pope-backed ceasefire

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and National Liberation Army ELN negotiators announce a ceasefire two days before a visit to Colombia by Pope Francis

STEP TOWARDS PEACE. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinoza (C) raises the hands of chief negotiators Juan Camilo Restrepo (L-for the Colombian government) and Pablo Beltran (for the ELN guerrilla) in Quito on September 4, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Colombia FARC rebels reborn as 'revolutionary' party

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:46 AM

UPDATED The new party will have a broad character a new party for a new Colombia says the group s former military commander Pablo Catatumbo

'REVOLUTIONARY' PARTY. Handout picture of the logo of new political party of the ex-FARC guerrillas released by their press office in Bogota on August 31, 2017. AFP PHOTO/FARC PRESS OFFICE

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

Last Colombia rebels eye ceasefire before Pope visit

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Pablo Beltran chief negotiator for the National Liberation Army says the group could be ready to commit to stop kidnappings – one of the government s conditions for a ceasefire

Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament – UN

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The UN statement says the FARC had handed over all of its more than 7 000 weapons excluding those that under the roadmap will be used for security in the 26 camps until August 1

PEACE ZONE. General view of the Transitional Standardization Zone Mariana Paez, Buena vista, Mesetas municipality, Colombia on June 26, 2017, before the final ceremony of abandonment of arms and the FARC's end as an armed group. Raul Arboleda/AFP

Shaken by bombing, Colombia pushes on with peace drive

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:07 AM

Just as the FARC enters the final stretch in its long march to peace reminders of the old conflict erupt raising concerns for the contested peace drive

TARGET. Colombian firefighters stand outside a shopping center following an explosion inside the building which -according to authorities- left one dead and eleven injured, in Bogota, Colombia, on June 17, 2017. Raul Arboleda/AFP

FARC slams Colombian government for 'repeatedly breaking' peace pact terms

Jun 05, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Rebel leader Rodrigo Londono: After the government s repeated non compliance with the Peace Agreement signed in November the FARC is going to seek international monitoring

In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia court orders release of first general under peace deal

May 06, 2017 - 9:38 AM

Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas says 20 members of the security forces have already been freed and that judges have a list of 900 more set for release under the peace deal s framework

PEACE. In this file photo, a man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demonstration to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016. File photo by Guillermo Legaria/AFP

Colombia's FARC rebels begin disarming

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The FARC will start to inventory its weapons and destroy munitions its leaders and the government announce

In this file handout picture released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) showing guerrillas arriving to hand on their weapons in Las Carmelitas, Putumayo department, Colombia on January 30, 2017. Prensa Bloque Sur FARC / Handout / AFP

Colombia FARC rebels start demobilization process

Feb 01, 2017 - 7:21 AM

Meanwhile the country s last active rebel group the smaller National Liberation Army ELN is taking the final steps towards its own peace talks with the government

DISARMAMENT. Handout picture released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) showing guerrillas arriving to hand on their weapons in Las Carmelitas, Putumayo department, Colombia on January 30, 2017. Prensa Bloque Sur FARC / Handout / AFP

Lawmakers in Colombia pass FARC amnesty law

Dec 29, 2016 - 11:08 AM

The measure described as a first step toward consolidating peace by Colombia s President grants special legal treatment amnesty and pardon to FARC members

PEACE. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attend the announcement of the approval of the peace deal with the government during the closing ceremony of the 10th National Guerrilla Conference in Llanos del Yari, Caqueta department, Colombia, on September 23, 2016. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombia embarks on challenge to implement peace

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:21 PM

After pushing a revised peace deal with the FARC rebel group through Congress Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gets down to a far bigger challenge: implementing it

A man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demo to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016. Guillermo Legaria/AFP

Colombian Congress ratifies peace deal with FARC

Dec 01, 2016 - 12:23 PM

President Juan Manuel Santos says the vote provides landmark backing for the peace he pushed

A man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demonstration to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016. Guillermo Legaria/AFP

Colombia peace accord wins Senate approval

Nov 30, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The text which was renegotiated after an earlier version was given a thumbs down in the October 2 national referendum now must be approved by the lower house of the Colombian Congress

IN SESSION. Colombian government's chief negotiator at the peace talks with the FARC, Humberto de la Calle (top, L and on screen), speaks at the Colombian Senate in Bogota, on November 29, 2016. Guillermo Legara/AFP

Colombia signs contested new peace deal

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED The document is expected to pass Congress after being debated next week since President Juan Manuel Santos and his allies hold a majority in the legislature

Handout picture released by Colombia's Presidency showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at Narino Palace in Bogota, on November 12, 2016. Colombian Presidency/Handout/AFP

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace accord November 24

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:31 AM

UPDATED The new accord will be submitted to Congress for approval rather than put to another referendum

People march for peace in Bogota, on November 15, 2016, after the Colombian government and the Marxist FARC rebels signed a new and revised peace deal to end 52 years of civil war. Diana Sanchez/AFP

Wave of killings threatens Colombia peace bid

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:59 AM

The government and leftist FARC rebels are closer than they have ever been to sealing a historic peace accord but violence appears to have resurged in places as that deal has faltered

READY FOR PEACE. A man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

FARC, Colombian gov't strike new peace deal

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:59 AM

3rd UPDATE A suggestion seeking to bar rebel leaders involved in serious crimes from elections is not part of the agreement

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia postpones ELN talks over hostage dispute

Oct 28, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he remains committed to making peace but would not budge from his demand for the ELN to first free former congressman Odin Sanchez safe and sound

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Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process

Oct 23, 2016 - 10:53 AM

FARC negotiator: It s an optimistic atmosphere Let s get peace

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:35 AM

The Colombian government and the country s second largest rebel group the ELN announce they will launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador s capital

JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT. The head of the delegation of the Colombian government Mauricio Rodriguez (L) and Colombia's left-wing guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) delegate Pablo Beltran attend a joint press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, on October 10, 2016. Federico Parra/AFP

FARC rebels return to Colombia hideouts

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:30 AM

They traveled unarmed and in civilian clothing says a source from the International Committee of the Red Cross

Colombia ceasefire with FARC to end October 31 – Santos

Oct 05, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Both sides scramble to find a solution to the half century conflict after voters rejected a peace deal

Handout picture released by the Colombian Presidency showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaking at Narino Palace in Bogota on October 4, 2016. Colombian Presidency / Cesar Carrion/AFP

Colombian government, FARC rebels scramble to save peace deal

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Commentators compare the result s effect to June s surprise Brexit vote for Britain to leave the European Union

This file photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a man passing by a graffiti reading 'Peace for the people' in Cali, Colombia, on June 22, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Ban sends UN Colombia envoy to Havana after peace deal rejected

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED I have seen the results of yesterday s plebiscite We would have hoped for a different result the United Nations secretary general tells reporters in Geneva

JEAN ARNAULT. UN Secretary-General's Delegate to the Sub-Commission on End of Conflict Issues within Colombian Peace Process, Jean Arnault, speaks during a press conference in Bogota on August 2, 2016. File photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

Colombia voters reject FARC peace plan – results

Oct 03, 2016 - 6:48 AM

UPDATED Reversing the trend of earlier opinion polls voters appear to have narrowly defied the government s pleas to ratify its plan to put 52 years of bloody conflict behind them within months

Electoral officials count votes at a polling station after a referendum on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end Colombia's 52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels, in Cali, Colombia, on October 2, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombians vote on historic peace deal

Oct 02, 2016 - 11:10 AM

3rd UPDATE Citizens are voting on the question: Do you support the final accord to end the conflict and to build a stable and lasting peace?

READY FOR PEACE. A man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombian rebels confirm they will pay reparations to victims

Oct 02, 2016 - 8:27 AM

The Colombian people will vote on the accord Sunday October 2 in a referendum

PEACE AT LAST. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L at center) and the head of the FARC guerrilla Timoleon Jimenez, aka Timochenko, shake hands during the signing of the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016. Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal

Sep 27, 2016 - 8:28 AM

Colombia s leftist FARC rebel force signs a historic peace accord with the government and apologizes to the countless victims of the country s half century civil war

PEACE AT LAST. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L at center) and the head of the FARC guerrilla Timoleon Jimenez, aka Timochenko, shake hands during the signing of the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 26, 2016. Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombian gov't, FARC leaders to sign historic peace deal

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The Colombian government and FARC rebels are set to sign a historic peace deal to end a 5 decade war

READY FOR PEACE. A man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia to sign historic peace deal

Sep 24, 2016 - 4:30 PM

FARC delegates have unanimously ratified the deal Friday September 23 at a national conference in El Diamante a remote and sweltering site deep in the rebels traditional stronghold in southeastern Colombia

PEACE. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attend the announcement of the approval of the peace deal with the government during the closing ceremony of the 10th National Guerrilla Conference in Llanos del Yari, Caqueta department, Colombia, on September 23, 2016. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Colombia peace deal to be signed September 26

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announces the signing date and describes it as perhaps the most important announcement of his life

Humberto Pecupaque, from the Nasa Wes'x indigenous community of Gaitania, who in July 1996 staged the signing of a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), after 30 years of confrontation, speaks in front of La Palmera school in Gaitania, Tolima department, Colombia, on August 25, 2016.  The Nasa indigenous people of Gaitania, in central Colombia, built trenches and raised a generation of orphans because of the confrontation with the FARC, until 20 years ago they decided to negotiate with the guerrillas, becoming an example that peace was possible. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA

Historic Colombia ceasefire ends half-century war

Aug 29, 2016 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED President Juan Manuel Santos: This August 29 a new phase of history begins for Colombia We silenced the guns THE WAR WITH THE FARC IS OVER

A woman with her son walks past a mural that reads 'Bilateral ceasefire' on a street in El Palo, department of Cauca, Colombia, on August 28, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

UN ready to help Colombia peace deal

Aug 27, 2016 - 7:42 AM

The UN intends to set up a special mission in Colombia to monitor the ceasefire help disarm the FARC rebels and verify compliance with the peace deal

Colombia announces historic peace deal

Aug 25, 2016 - 7:35 AM

UPDATED Colombia s government and FARC rebels announce that they have reached a historic peace accord to end their half century civil war the last major armed conflict in the Americas

AGREEMENT. Colombian government head of delegation for peace talks Humberto de la Calle (R) and FARC-EP Commander Ivan Marquez (L) shake hands upon signing of the agreement at conclusion of the peace talks in Havana at the Convention Palace in Havana, on August 24, 2016. At center Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. Yamil Lage/AFP

Colombia to plant 8 million trees for conflict victims

Aug 20, 2016 - 11:47 AM

We will plant more than 8 million trees in memory of the victims so that we will never again reproduce the atrocities of armed conflict that this war has brought to us says President Juan Manuel Santos

TREE-PLANTING. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos presents the programme 'Forest of Peace' in Mitu, Colombia, August 19, 2016. Photo by Mauricio Duenas Castaneda/EPA