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COLOMBIA FINALLY DECIDES TO NEGOTIATE PEACE TREATY WITH FARC WHICH WILL LIKELY END IN A FIGHT
October 19 2012
Oslo, Norway – There have been many wars that the nation of Colombia has fought over the years, perhaps most famously the one against drug lords who once ruled entire segments of the country, but it is the one against FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) that has been the longest lasting and most troublesome.
FARC, a left-wing paramilitary organization, has been engaged n conflict with various Colombian governments for almost fifty years and while progress has been made by both sides, at times, for the most part the two have battled to a stalemate. Now both sides seem ready to finally end that stalemate.
Representatives for both sides, FARC and the Colombian government, have finally decided to start discussing a possible peace agreement, meeting in Norway to try and hash out an agreement that would end the decades of conflict in the country. Both sides seem eager for a deal but of course many of the details will have to be worked out and that will mean a long fight for a peace deal, one that could very easily end up in more violence because, well, that’s what they do best.
“We come with an olive branch in our hands. Both sides are seeking a stable and lasting peace,” said Colombian negotiator Humberto de la Calle.
Those sentiments were echoed, almost word for word, by the representative for FARC which is their first real agreement.
The two groups have been engaged in a long-term peace process that really came as a surprise to everyone, even those who pay attention to the troubles.
“I think it’s pretty clear at this stage that there is no way for FARC to win. You don’t wage a war for nearly fifty years and then all of a sudden get a miraculous win. It’s pretty obvious that this thing is not going to go the rebels way and so of course they want a deal. Colombia wants a deal as well because FARC can still blow things up so it seems like it should be a pretty easy thing to resolve, having tow willing partners,” said Scrape TV South American analyst Walter Pereira. “I would bet though that they are pretty far off in terms of what a deal actually looks like and that will be trouble. Just being willing isn’t enough sometimes, you also have to be able to capitulate at times and clearly that is not a strong suit for either side. They have been fighting for fifty years after all.”
FARC was founded in 1964 so just about fifty years.
“Keep in mind they have tried this before, a couple of times, and it’s always fallen apart in the end and there is no reason to assume that it will be any better this time. It could be but I would bet they will end up fighting over the details and that will kill any momentum they might be able to gain and only embitter both sides even more,” continued Pereira. “Or not, you never know. They could work something out that will make both sides happy and everything will then be fine. Naw, I’m just kidding, there’s no way that’s going to happen. Not a chance.”
Thus far neither side has killed anyone.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent