Mr Cundalatin and the other 120 families who live in the region of La Esmeralda and work on its 20 coca plantations are living with uncertainty as Farc, the country’s largest rebel group, evolves from armed warfare to peaceful politics. A truce, signed in December, promises them peace, but it may also strip them of their livelihood. “The peace process is like a new life for us,” says Mr Cundalatin. Wil Crisp, The Times (Paywall)
Bogotá, March 29 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez said today that Colombian guerrillas will continue defending the peace process despite any setbacks and assured that together with the Government it will push for the implementation of the November pact. Prensa Latina
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.
[...] 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
There is not one single word that refers to the peace process, or to the supposed US$450 million promised by Obama for "Peace Colombia". This item has been reduced to US$370 million and has not yet been approved by the Congress. Trump is only interested in ending drug trafficking, which is difficult if one takes into consideration that coca cultivation tripled in two years, and aerial fumigation is ruled out as a concession to the FARC. Fanny Kertzman. Dinero