"However, funding gaps, administrative delays and the political balance of power ahead of 2018 threaten to curtail transitional arrangements and structural reforms aimed at remedying the root grievances of the conflict. The opposition could financially starve institutions, programs or policies in the peace agreement if it comes to power. The terms of transitional justice, measures on rural reform and land access, and community-based approaches to removing coca crops and establishing alternative income-generating activities could all be in danger. Defending the agreement will be an intrinsic part of the political battle ahead"...Relief Web
The National Security Archive's Colombia Project contains a trove of "secret government archives on United States policy in Colombia" spanning several decades and documenting involvement in "security assistance, human rights, impunity and counternarcotics programs." Project Director Michael Evans says that, "there are a lot of archives of which little is known, such as those of the DAS [Secret Police] with illegal surveillances against civil society in Colombia, but information on that topic is available in the United States. The same thing happens with the collaboration of intelligence agencies and paramilitary groups. There are also files that can incriminate FARC, other guerrilla groups and paramilitaries. To sum up, they help find information that has been hidden or attempts have been made to hide it." Verdad Abierta
As the period concludes, and as noted in my letter dated 14 December 2016 to the President of the Council (S/2016/1063), a new peace agreement has now been signed and ratified and has entered into force, signalling the beginning of peace implementation in Colombia and paving the way for the Mission to carry out the full range of its mandated tasks. Download report here.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomes the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, thanked the parties for the confidence they had shown in the organization and for recognizing its neutrality, Independence and impartiality. ICRC