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Ecopetrol must pay for Farc attack 22 years ago

National business magazine Dinero reports that the Colombian State Council, a superior court for government issues, declared today that Ecopetrol must pay CoP$1B (US$568,000) for damages from a propane gas pipeline attack in 1991. The attack occurred in the section between Puerto Salgar and Facatativá, in the rural area of the municipality of Albán in Cundinamarca. The explosion and resulting fire from escaped propane damaged agricultural facilities and crops in the surrounding area.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
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Peace talks resume in Havana

Government and Farc negotiators met today in Havana to resume peace talks. It was widely reported in the Colombian press that lead negotiator Humberto de la Calle admonished the Farc to stay focused on the agenda and to avoid attempts to practice public politics while still armed. Surprisingly perhaps, there was a positive response from the guerrilla negotiating team.

Monday, January 14th, 2013
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Security Summary for week ending January 12, 2013

Security Summary for week ending January 12, 2013

Incidents were up 42% this week to 34, the highest since December 8th. As our researcher said, it is clear that vacations are over. This sent our 4-week Moving Average up 10% having previously dropped continuously since the week of October 20th, except for a small blip the week of December 1st. It now sits at 27 incidents per week although still down from a peak of 58 back in October.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013
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Second attack on Ecopetrol pipeline in less than eight days

After the January 4 attack on the Coveñas-Cano Limón pipeline in the Arauca department, Ecopetrol began manual oil extraction in the Arauca River. According to the company about 150 people are working on decontamination. Edward Portillo, departmental coordinator of the committee on risk management, told Caracol Radio “the extraction is with buckets and cans, and then Ecopetrol collects the crude and burns it”.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
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Security Summary for week ending January 5, 2013

Security Summary for week ending January 5, 2013

Incidents were up slightly again this week but well within recent variation. Our 4-week Moving Average has dropped continuously since the week of October 20th, except for a small blip the week of December 1st. It now sits at 24 incidents per week down from a peak of 58 back in October.

Sunday, January 6th, 2013
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Security Summary for week ending December 29, 2012

Security Summary for week ending December 29, 2012

Incidents were down sharply again this week likely because the Armed Forces turned their attention to protecting tourists on the highways and away from discovering and destroying guerilla infrastructure. Our 4-week Moving Average has dropped continuously since the week of October 20th, except for a small blip the week of December 1st. It now sits at 28 incidents per week down from a peak of 58 back in October.

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
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Security Summary for week ending December 22, 2012

Security Summary for week ending December 22, 2012

Incidents were up slightly this week but still well below current averages. We calculate a 4-week moving average to smooth out weekly variations and although that rose significantly in the run-up to the first round of peace talks, it dropped almost as rapidly to settle at about 40 incidents per week. With two straight weeks below 30 incidents, the moving average is now dropping and shows every indication (statistically) to continue to drop.

Monday, December 24th, 2012
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Security Summary for week ending December 15, 2012

Security Summary for week ending December 15, 2012

Incidents were down considerably this week – everyone must be getting ready for the holiday. We calculate a 4-week moving average to smooth out weekly variations and although that rose significantly in the run-up to the first round of peace talks, it dropped almost as rapidly to settle at about 40 incidents per week. This value has held for the last five weeks and appears to be the “new normal”. There was a secondary peak just as this round of talks started and but since then counts have dropped for four straight weeks.

Sunday, December 16th, 2012
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FAC Commander reveals that FARC missiles are old and lack maintenance

The Colombian Armed Forces recently encountered an antiaircraft battery belonging to the Farc. However the Air Force commander assures that the equipment is old and unlikely to function well. We did not know the Farc had antiaircraft batteries old or otherwise. From a MinDefensa press release with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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Security Summary for week ending December 8, 2012

Security Summary for week ending December 8, 2012

Incidents were down this week, right about the average for the past several weeks. We calculate a 4-week moving average to smooth out weekly variations and although that rose significantly in the run-up to the first round of peace talks, it dropped almost as rapidly to settle at about 40 incidents per week. This value has held for the last four weeks and appears to be the “new normal”. Once again the vast majority of these were the Army continuing to discover camps, minefields and weapons caches so perhaps the Farc are keeping up their truce commitment.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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