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Weekly Report - 05 September 2019 (WR-19-35)

Farc splinter takes up arms, jeopardising peace accord

The road to peace in Colombia was always going to be rocky but it hit a major bump on 29 August. Nearly three years after the signing of a peace accord with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc), the guerrilla group’s chief negotiator in those talks reappeared in a video, surrounded by other dissidents, issuing a fresh call to arms. Luciano Marín Arango (‘Iván Márquez’) accused the government led by President Iván Duque of betraying the peace accord. Márquez retains significant influence but he has been in hiding for over a year and his message essentially confirms what was an open secret. Demobilised guerrillas are unlikely to flock to his banner unless Duque pursues a course advocated by the radical fringe of the ruling right-wing Centro Democrático (CD) and moves decisively against the peace accord. The Farc political party has denounced Márquez et al and moved to expel them.

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