Colombia's largest rebel group has handed over 140 weapons to United Nations observers as part of an historic peace agreement. Under the accord, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agreed to turn over 30 per cent of its arsenal by March 1.
But delays in setting up the 26 rural camps where nearly 7,000 rebels are now gathered meant not all the containers designed to hold the weapons were ready. Instead, rebels began registering their individual arms while authorities prepared an inventory of the arsenal. DNA
BOGOTA, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Mission in Colombia on Friday confirmed it has destroyed the arsenal that once belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group. The 8,994 pieces of weapons the rebels handed over as part of their peace agreement with the government are to be melted down to make three monuments to peace to be installed in Colombia, UN headquarters in New York, and Cuba, which hosted the negotiations. XinhuaNet
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