Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25926/all en Colombia wants to pick up pace as talks with FARC rebels resume http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/colombia-wants-pick-pace-talks-farc-rebels-resume <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Government says speed needed to maintain support for talks</p> <p>* Rebels blame government for slow pace, offer proposals</p> <p>* Three previous peace attempts failed</p> <p>By Jeff Franks and Rosa Tania Valdés</p> <p>HAVANA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Representatives of the Colombian government and Marxist-led FARC rebels reconvened in Havana on Monday for a third round of peace talks that the government says need to start moving faster.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/colombia-wants-pick-pace-talks-farc-rebels-resume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:15:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734262 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's Santos opens door to popular vote on FARC peace deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/colombias-santos-opens-door-popular-vote-farc-peace-deal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Santos calls for confidentiality to be maintained</p> <p>* President has rejected changes to political, economic model</p> <p>* FARC ceasefire ends on Sunday; concern over renewed attacks</p> <p>By Helen Murphy</p> <p>BOGOTA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the door to a popular vote on any peace accord negotiated and signed with FARC rebels but rejected a guerrilla demand to change the constitution if a deal is clinched.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/colombias-santos-opens-door-popular-vote-farc-peace-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Juan Manuel Santos Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:00:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735317 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Colombian president opens door to popular vote on FARC peace deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-colombian-president-opens-door-popular-vote-farc-peace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Santos calls for confidentiality to be maintained</p> <p>* President has rejected changes to political, economic model</p> <p>* FARC ceasefire ends on Sunday; concern over renewed attacks</p> <p>By Helen Murphy</p> <p>BOGOTA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the door to a popular vote on any peace accord negotiated and signed with FARC rebels, but rejected a guerrilla demand to change the constitution if a deal is clinched.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-colombian-president-opens-door-popular-vote-farc-peace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Juan Manuel Santos Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:45:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735336 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Colombia's FARC rebels end ceasefire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-colombias-farc-rebels-end-ceasefire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* President Santos says there was "relative compliance" with ceasefire</p> <p>* Talks trying to end Colombia's bloody conflict continue</p> <p>By Jeff Franks</p> <p>HAVANA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A unilateral ceasefire declared by the Marxist FARC rebels at the start of peace talks with the Colombian government ended on Sunday after the government refused to join the truce, the group said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-colombias-farc-rebels-end-ceasefire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:45:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736877 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia steps up operations for policemen taken by FARC rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/colombia-steps-operations-policemen-taken-farc-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOGOTA, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Colombia stepped up search-and-rescue operations on Monday for two police patrolmen seized by FARC guerrillas in the first kidnapping of security forces in more than a year, which may muddy peace negotiations between the government and rebels.</p> <p>The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the biggest armed group in Latin America, vowed last year to abandon kidnapping for ransom but never said it would stop taking members of the armed forces as "prisoners of war."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/colombia-steps-operations-policemen-taken-farc-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:15:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740583 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Colombia rebels free oil workers, 11 killed in combat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-colombia-rebels-seize-three-oil-workers-blow-energy-to <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Recent kidnappings could complicate peace talks * Five soldiers killed in combat with FARC in south * Oil sector has been under increasing attacks * Six rebels killed during operations in the north By Helen Murphy and Jack Kimball BOGOTA, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels on Thursday freed three kidnapped oil contractors, but six guerrillas and five government soldiers were killed across the country as peace talks continued abroad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-colombia-rebels-seize-three-oil-workers-blow-energy-to" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Revisionists Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:13:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741752 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Five FARC rebels killed by Colombian army: military http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/urgent-five-farc-rebels-killed-colombian-army-military <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Army troops killed five leftist FARC rebels in fighting in northwestern Colombia Thursday, the same day four soldiers were killed in a clash with the FARC in the south, the military said.</p> <p>An army spokesman said the five guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were killed during a military operation in the town of Nudo Paramillo in the northwestern state of Antioquia.</p> <p>nn/sg/jm </p> Colombia Communism in Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia War AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:15:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742059 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Colombia sets hurdles for FARC rebels to join politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/interview-colombia-sets-hurdles-farc-rebels-join-politics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Some in opposition see 2014 FARC political participation</p> <p>* Government wants speedy peace process with rebels</p> <p>By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta</p> <p>BOGOTA, Jan 31 (Reuters) - As Colombia holds peace talks with FARC rebels, some opposition lawmakers have speculated the insurgents could take part in national elections next year, but the government is laying down terms that make that unlikely.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/interview-colombia-sets-hurdles-farc-rebels-join-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia War Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:15:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742183 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia rebels blame government as conflict flares http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/colombia-rebels-blame-government-conflict-flares <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's FARC rebels on Friday said they were committed to peace talks with the government, amid rising tensions and renewed clashes in Latin America's longest-running insurgency.</p> <p>The conflict has flared up this week with four soldiers and five rebels killed in separate clashes, even while the leftist guerrillas and the government resumed peace talks in Havana after a six-day break.</p> <p>These were the first combat casualties for the Colombian military since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ended a two-month unilateral ceasefire on January 20.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/colombia-rebels-blame-government-conflict-flares" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:30:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743411 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia rebels say will free two captive police, 1 soldier http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/colombia-rebels-say-will-free-two-captive-police-1-soldier <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Saturday they will free two police officers and a soldier they captured a week ago.</p> <p>A statement from the FARC leadership of the rebels' web page said the hostages were in good condition and had been treated well. Their capture and a series of military clashes had caused tension at ongoing peace talks with the government.</p> <p>The FARC said it would hand the hostages over to a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and an NGO called Colombians for Peace. It did not specify when.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/colombia-rebels-say-will-free-two-captive-police-1-soldier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Far-left politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:30:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744053 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's FARC rebels say they will free captives http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/colombias-farc-rebels-say-they-will-free-captives <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Saturday that they will free two captured police officers and a soldier whose abductions had become a source of tension at peace talks with the government.</p> <p>After an initial round of discussions in Norway, talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running insurgency have taken place in Havana.</p> <p>But since the rebels ended a self-imposed, unilateral ceasefire last month, the negotiations have been marred by skirmishes that have claimed lives on both sides. In recent days, four soldiers, three police and five rebels have died.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/colombias-farc-rebels-say-they-will-free-captives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Disaster Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Technology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 20:45:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744213 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's FARC rebels deny 'crisis' in peace talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/colombias-farc-rebels-deny-crisis-peace-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Peace talks tense as violence escalates</p> <p>* FARC to free 3 captured members of armed forces</p> <p>* Rebels weakened but still formidable</p> <p>By Helen Murphy</p> <p>BOGOTA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels on Monday said peace talks with the government were not in crisis and were moving along steadily even amid a recent escalation in the conflict.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/colombias-farc-rebels-deny-crisis-peace-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:45:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745552 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia, FARC say peace talks advancing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/colombia-farc-say-peace-talks-advancing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rebels say talks moving like "bullet train"</p> <p>* Public acrimony not affecting negotiations</p> <p>* Talks will resume Feb. 18</p> <p>By Jeff Franks</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Colombia and the Marxist FARC rebels said on Sunday their talks aimed at ending half a century of conflict are picking up the pace and making progress toward an agreement on land reform, a key point in the peace process.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/colombia-farc-say-peace-talks-advancing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752157 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia, FARC rebels report progress in peace talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/colombia-farc-rebels-report-progress-peace-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia and leftist FARC rebels on Sunday reported progress on the key issue of land redistribution as they ended another round of peace talks aimed at ending Latin America's oldest insurgency.</p> <p>The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) emerged in the 1960s in response to a huge gap in wealth between peasants and ultra-wealthy owners of huge haciendas, or estates, in Colombia.</p> <p>Land redistribution is one of the most critical items on the agenda of peace talks that began here in November, a bid to end a conflict that has ground on for nearly 50 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/colombia-farc-rebels-report-progress-peace-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Communism in Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:30:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752260 at http://www.globalpost.com 7 Colombian soldiers killed fighting FARC rebels: army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/7-colombian-soldiers-killed-fighting-farc-rebels-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least seven soldiers were killed Wednesday in clashes with suspected FARC guerrillas in southern Colombia, in some of the worst fighting since peace talks resumed between the government and the rebels.</p> <p>The army said five soldiers were injured in the attack, adding that it launched the assault on FARC-controlled territory in San Antonio de Getucha, in Caqueta province.</p> <p>"We launched an operation deep in (FARC's) southern block with a goal of protecting our civilian population," the army said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/7-colombian-soldiers-killed-fighting-farc-rebels-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:56:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755692 at http://www.globalpost.com