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Peace Process: Defiance of the Dissidents

Another month of low press activity – one more than February with two more days – and another ride on the rollercoaster although we moved neither closer nor further away from peace by the end. Both the ELN and alias Mordisco processes came off-the-rails during March and both also were righted by Easter. However, the ExFarc / Mordisco negotiations remain on very shaky ground with the ceasefire suspended and the Army preparing to dislodge the dissident leader’s gang from Jamundí.

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Peace Process: A Nobel gesture

With Colombian President Gustavo Petro now nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, his desperation level has risen considerably while the counterparties have no intention or, indeed, pressure to concede on any point.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2024

Peace Process: Will they or won’t they – Iteration n+1

January was supposed to end with an extension of a ceasefire with the ELN. New head of the peace process, Otty Patiño even announced they had an agreement. But in an eerie repeat of last January’s debacle, whatever deal had been worked out was dismissed by alias Antonio Garcia, head of the guerrilla group. Near midnight on the 31st, they agreed to keep talking but only until February 5th.

Sunday, February 4th, 2024

Surveillance on Magdalena river

In recent months, threats against oil transporters and shipping companies operating on the Magdalena River have prompted the Colombian Navy to ramp up security measures.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

JEP’s acceptance of Ex-ECP security official

In a surprising move, the Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP), or Special Jurisdiction for Peace, accepted José Eduardo González Sánchez, a former captain in the National Army who served as the deputy head of security for Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC), into its jurisdiction.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Copper theft affects oil fields

In Colombia’s oil fields, an unusual issue has come to the forefront—copper theft.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

Peace Process: Taking stock

The end of December and time for our monthly review of how the peace process has evolved. Frankly, poorly, but it was a light month as everyone got ready for the holidays: even guerrilla want to be home for Christmas it seems. But I also thought it time to look back at the year leveraging a statistical analysis by Indepaz as well as our own database.

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Attack on oil workers in Meta

In a recent announcement, the Colombian Army revealed a distressing incident in the rural area of Puerto Triunfo, located in the municipality of Puerto Gaitán, Meta.

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Peace Process: The ship is sinking so change the captain

A tumultuous month starts with a high-profile kidnapping, passes through suspension of talks with both ELN and alias Mordisco, but ends with everyone back at the table. In the middle, Petro finally realized what everyone in Colombia already knew: that Danilo Rueda was not the right person for High Peace Commissioner. Government Chief Negotiator for the ELN process, Otty Patiño now has the hot seat.

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Oil spill triggers emergency in Cimitarra

A recent oil spill in Cimitarra, Santander, has set off an emergency response in the region.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023