Peace in Colombia Means Fewer Guns Sold; 19% Drop in 5 Years, Says SIPRI
The peace process with FARC is credited with a 19% drop in the purchase and sale of weapons in Colombia during the past 5 years, corresponding to the period 2012-2016. This was revealed Monday by the International Institute for Peace Studies in Stockholm (SIPRI), which stated that overall sales of weapons increased by 8.4% in that period over the previous five years, reaching its highest volume since the end of the Cold War.
[…] In Latin America there was a 18% drop in purchases, although variations were substantial: while Colombia decreased by 19% — coinciding with the peace negotiations between the Government and FARC — Mexico increased 184% due to to violence related to drug trafficking.
The United States was the main supplier for both countries, accounting for 39% of Colombian purchases and 78% of Mexican purchases.
Russia accounted for 34% of arms deliveries to South America in 2012-2016, followed by the United States (16%) and France (8.1%). Zona Cero