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Colombia’s FARC rebels would enter politics in new peace deal

BOGOTA — Headlines in the Colombian media labeled Wednesday’s breakthrough in peace talks aimed at ending the country’s half-century-old guerrilla war as “historic.” But the euphoria may be fleeting.

How a US Army veteran fell into Colombian rebels' hands

BOGOTA — A former US Army private who was kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas in June was released Sunday. A photographer tells GlobalPost he and officials had warned Afghanistan war veteran, Kevin Scott Sutay, not to hike into the Colombian jungle alone, but he went anyway.

Colombia's FARC and recreation

LA MACARENA, Colombia — Among Colombia's 57 national parks, 23 are home to rebels or criminal gangs, 25 contain buried land mines, and 15 are so dangerous that park rangers have trouble accessing them, according to park and law enforcement officials.

Guerrilla politics: Colombia's FARC may soon be on the ballot

BOGOTA — Foreign guests at peace talks in Cuba between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have included rebels-turned-politicians from Northern Ireland, El Salvador, Nicaragua and South Africa. Their message to Colombia’s largest guerrilla group has boiled down to this: “If we can do it, so can you.” Yet Colombian guerrillas are wary; they've been down that road, and it ended in murder.

Cuba: Colombia’s peacemaker?

HAVANA, Cuba — As the hosts of a new round of peace talks between Colombian officials and leftist FARC rebels, the Cuban government will be supplying more than coffee and refreshments. Havana has a major stake in helping end Latin America’s longest-running civil conflict. While Cuban authorities have kept relatively quiet about their role in bringing the two sides together, a peace deal would be a major diplomatic achievement for Raul Castro’s government and a blow to Washington’s attempts to punish Cuba for keeping ties to the FARC.

FARC rebels declare unilateral ceasefire as peace talks open in Cuba

FARC rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire for the next two months, as they prepare to begin peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba.

Can Colombia end its decades-old guerrilla war?

QUIBDO, Colombia — When the Colombian government and Marxist rebels begin face-to-face peace talks Monday in Cuba, the people of the South American country’s northern Choco department will follow the negotiations closely. The guerrilla war that began in 1964 affects them nearly every day.

The Colombia conundrum: Why the United States should support the peace talks

Commentary: Clear policy benefits would accrue from visible US support of talks hosted by Norway and Cuba
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Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia, speaks during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 26, 2012 at UN headquarters in New York (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave an inspiring speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and member states have lauded his visionary commitment to ending Colombia’s half-century civil war. But sitting down to negotiate, as he proposes, with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency, a group with deep ties to narco-trafficking, kidnapping and on the US terrorist watch list, is not without a high degree of political risk.

Did US squander an opportunity to lead coming Colombian peace talks?

Commentary: An awkward development for US as Cuba and Venezuela host talks.
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An outdoor exhibit marks International Day of the Disappeared in Bogota, on Aug. 30. According to the United Nations there are more than 57,200 missing people in Colombia in the last 30 years, more than 15,000 are considered victims of enforced disappearance. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The politics of peace in Colombia: Has the United States missed an opportunity? Monday’s announcement of Colombian peace talks brokered by Cuba, Norway and Venezuela caught more than a few by surprise. After years of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos halting all discussions of peace, colorfully claiming to be keeping the keys to peace in his pocket, it was hard to surmise why they were pulled out just now?

Colombia's government and FARC agree to hold peace talks

UPDATE: BOGOTA — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed mounting speculation that peace talks between his government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are under way. For the first time in a decade, the Colombian government looks ready to sit down for talks with the country’s largest Marxist guerrilla group in an effort to end nearly half a century of fighting.
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