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Weekly Report - 24 January 2019 (WR-19-03)

PARAGUAY: Devising new strategy to defeat EPP

The Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez is currently trying to come up with a new plan to resolve a major problem that has afflicted the past three administrations – how to defeat the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) insurgent guerrilla group. Since the EPP emerged as a major threat to national security in 2008 successive governments have pursued a similar strategy to try to defeat the group, which consists of the deployment of a military-police task force (FTC) to the group’s area of influence in northern Paraguay. However, 10 years on the EPP, while significantly weakened, remains active. This has prompted the Abdo Benítez administration to explore the adoption of a more integral approach.

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