A Three-Player Chess Game: Colombia’s Peace Talks With ELN—and FARC

A Three-Player Chess Game: Colombia’s Peace Talks With ELN—and FARC
Colombians march to protest against President Juan Manuel Santos' government and peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Bogota, April 2, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

Colombia is inching closer to a future free of armed guerrilla groups. Talks with the 52-year-old, 7,000-person Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are far along, even though they missed a March 23 deadline for a final accord. Government and FARC negotiators in Havana have reached agreements on most of the negotiating agenda, and they are probably weeks away from a bilateral cease-fire with U.N. verification. The FARC, though, isn’t the only guerrilla organization in Colombia whose origins date back to 1964. The National Liberation Army, or ELN, has about 1,800 fighters plus a larger support network and is […]

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