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Andean Group - April 2019

The rising influence of dissident Farc groups

A series of recent events have once again cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Colombian peace agreement signed in 2016 by the previous administration led by President Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) and the now formally demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas. President Iván Duque’s 12 March announcements of objections to the deal has exposed his administration’s unwillingness to fulfil governmental obligations of the peace agreement (see our sister weekly report [WR-19-10] for further discussion of this). The refusal of key former Farc leaders to attend their court summons for the Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP) (the judicial body established for truth and justice for crimes committed by both sides during the conflict) on security grounds, add to fears about the agreement’s future. Meanwhile reports that Farc dissidents are establishing a powerful criminal network in eastern Colombia alongside the border with Venezuela are also stoking fears that these Farc dissident groups may again become a national threat.

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