According to a recent report, there had been five weapons for every guerrilla members. That means an estimated 34,500 weapons — a figure that does not coincide with the 7,132 figure reported by the UN. This information suggests that efforts by public officials have led to the reduction of violence on a national level, but that it remains unclear what the current magnitude of the FARC’s arsenal actually is. The evidence suggests that the criminal organization exchanges weapons for cocaine and possesses the resources to acquire other war materials. They could be masking a political front while simultaneously creating alliances with other terrorist organizations that serve their strategic objectives. PanAm Post
Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels can begin surrendering their weapons to the United Nations now that almost 7,000 of them have reached designated demobilization zones around the country, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday. Reuters
Antonio Navarro Wolff and Evert Bustamante were comrades in arms. As leaders of the 19 April Movement (M-19) for years they waged war on the State and participated in one way or another in tragic events such as the assault on the Palace of Justice, in November of 1985. Years later, they both agreed to lay down their weapons, face justice and join the political process by participating in democratic elections. [...] Today, paradoxically, they are on opposite camps. Bustamante is a member of the Democratic Center, the party that leads the opposition to the peace process in Colombia; Navarro has been one of the strongest supporters in the Congress of negotiations with the guerrillas and the implementation of the agreements. Pacifista.
Colombia's longest-running and deadliest insurgency took a major step toward its end this week, when thousands of guerrilla fighters ventured out of dense jungles and started heading to concentration zones around the country. In all, roughly 6,300 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a left-wing group that has battled Colombia's government for more than a half-century, will leave the battlefield for UN-organized camps where they will begin demobilizing and disarming. "This is an enormous operation," Sergio Jaramillo, Colombia's high commissioner for peace, told the press, according to the Miami Herald. "And the most important aspect is that ... we haven't had a single serious incident. There hasn't been a single case of a member of the FARC not wanting to move." Business Insider