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Weekly Report - 07 December 2017 (WR-17-48)

COLOMBIA: New blow to peace prospects

All the focus in Colombia in the final days of November was on the race to push through congress several key pieces of legislation to enact the peace accord with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) before the expiry of the ‘fast-track’ mechanism. But in the first few days of December this focus switched to the peace process with the country’s smaller guerrilla group Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). Juan Camilo Restrepo, the head of the Colombian government’s negotiating team with the ELN in Ecuador, resigned. And reports from Colombia’s national ombudsman that the ELN is flagrantly violating the bilateral ceasefire suggest that, unlike the Farc, its internal cohesion is in doubt.

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