The Missing Peace: Colombia’s New Government and Last Guerrillas
|Title||The Missing Peace: Colombia’s New Government and Last Guerrillas|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Latin America Report N°68|
|Institution||International Crisis Group|
Peace talks with Colombia’s last guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), could be under threat after the election of Iván Duque as the new president. Tangible short-term results are essential to ensure negotiations continue when Duque takes power on 7 August.
In several regions of Colombia, the ELN is trafficking in drugs, imposing control through violence and clashing with other armed groups. Without a peace agreement, these regions will continue to suffer the impact of a conflict that even the state’s vastly superior military cannot win.
Before the new government’s inauguration, Colombia’s current government and the ELN should agree on a new ceasefire, mechanisms for civil society participation in the negotiations and steps to mitigate the conflict’s humanitarian costs. Civil society and interested foreign governments should convey support for peace talks to Iván Duque.