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The Army takes the initiative

The Army takes the initiative

Incidents were down this week to 40 just about the long term average. Again this week a higher than recent average number of the items were initiated by the Armed Forces which is a good sign. In fact, the ratio is sufficiently high to think that either the traditional media are only reporting extreme events or the Farc are relatively quiet. (On average during the past year, 75% of incidents have been initiated by the Armed Forces and this week the percentage is 90%.) Our 4-week Moving Average was up slightly at 43 incidents per week closer to what amounts to a long-term average.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013
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Seventh round of peace talks conclude

This week concluded the seventh round of peace talks and both the government and the FARC commented on it. The parties issued a joint statement in which they say: “We continue to make progress on discussion of the first item on the agenda and in building agreements on issues of access and use of land, undeveloped land, property formalization, agricultural frontier and protection of reserves areas.”

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Colombian government to use drones to improve pipeline security

Caracol Radio reported that the government will use drones to monitor and protect the Cano Limon Coveñas and TranAandino pipelines. Additionally, the government will increase the rewards to prevent attacks on pipelines and also will use twenty helicopters recently purchased for the same purpose.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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Retired Army General has upbeat message on security

Retired Army General has upbeat message on security

Mayor General (R) Jorge Rodríguez Clavijo addressed the Colombo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce this morning, and while he was realistic about the challenges, he was upbeat about the changes in the past 10 years and about the Santos government’s efforts in the field. He stayed away from political issues like the peace talks or the impact of Venezuela and kept to the facts.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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Pipeline-related security incidents back as the highest category

Pipeline-related security incidents back as the highest category

Incidents were up this week to 44 just over the long term average. Again this week a higher than recent average number of the items were initiated by the Armed Forces which is a good sign. (On average during the past year, 75% of incidents have been initiated by the Armed Forces and this week the percentage is 87%.) Our 4-week Moving Average was flat at 42 incidents per week closer to what amounts to a long-term average.

Sunday, March 17th, 2013
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Santos says peace could be achieved within months

Peace talks advance based on the approval of President Santos and new proposals from the FARC. In recent statements, Santos said: “My conclusion, after talking extensively with the committee that is in Havana, is that the process is going well: they are working on the construction of an agreement that never before has been done in Colombia.” Indeed, Santos was so optimistic with the progress that he said achieving peace is a matter of months: “This is how conflicts end, here and anywhere in the world: with serious and disciplined working on drafting an agreement with concrete commitments. If we keep the pace of the last few weeks, it is perfectly possible to complete the work in months.”

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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February production slips by 14,411bd

February production slips by 14,411bd

It is barely visible in the graph but February 2013 oil production in Colombia dipped to 997,581bd from 1,011,992bd in January 2013. We had predicted this based on the incidence of attacks just on the Caño-Limón pipeline and government ministers had shied away from predictions. What is not in this report by MinMinas is the fact that Pacific Rubiales claims that its production is running higher by over 30,000bd after royalties compared to December (probably over 37,000bd before royalties). That means the sum of the rest of the industry is producing less. From a MinMinas press release, translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Settling into a familiar pattern

Settling into a familiar pattern

Incidents were down again this week to 40 just a little below the long term average. Again this week a higher than recent average number of the items were initiated by the Armed Forces which is a good sign. Our 4-week Moving Average was down very slightly and it now sits at 42 incidents per week closer to what amounts to a long-term average.

Sunday, March 10th, 2013
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Upbeat mood as peace talks turn to issue of political integration

Peace talks advance with the visit of a congressional committee to Havana and demands by victims of the conflict. After a meeting with the National Unity Coalition in the Casa de Nariño, President Santos said: “I informed the National Unit Coalition how exactly this process is going, how it has been making progress, and what texts are agreed, in which, as has already been said, no previous process ever achieved a step of this nature.” Santos also commented: “The committee went (to Havana) for two very specific purposes: to show these legislative gentlemen progress and to point out the importance of recognizing the victims.” He added: “Of course it is still a long way to go and that is why the issue of time is so important.”

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
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Peace talks with Farc hit major milestone

As broadly reported, the government and the FARC achieved the first real progress in the peace talks. In this regard, alias “Ivan Marquez” said: “We finished this round of talks with progress, which speaks well of our desire for peace, despite the unfounded assertions of President Juan Manuel Santos,” adding: “We are building an agreement that now is approaching about five pages (…) never has a peace process advanced so much.”

Monday, March 4th, 2013
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