Colombia hopes for peace after 50 years of conflict

Colombia's President Santos has increased the military presence against the FARC (photo: dpa)
Colombia's President Santos has increased the military presence against the FARC (photo: dpa)

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, after almost half a century, talks are underway between the Colombian government and the FARC insurgents. The timing appears to be right for both sides. The Colombian army and economy are in better shape now than they have been for years, and the insurgents, now heavily involved in the drugs trade, are losing legitimacy as a revolutionary Marxist group.

FOR the first time in a decade the Colombian government and the insurgent group known as FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) are holding substantive peace talks with the goal of ending one of the world’s longest running armed conflicts.

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