Peace in Colombia?
Prospects for Peace in Colombia
October 2 brought a huge shock to anyone following events in Colombia. After four years of negotiations, it was widely assumed that the peace agreement between the FARC and the Government of Colombia would be passed by popular vote – the final step before implementation of the agreement. Instead, the results of the plebiscite saw the agreement rejected by a tiny margin: 49.7% voting yes, 50.2% voting no, and over 62% of voters abstaining. Opponents of the agreement, led by former president Alvaro Uribe and his Democratic Centre Party, had successfully sunk the agreement – or at least so it appeared.
In the aftermath of the no vote, President Santos and the FARC extended the existing ceasefire, and committed to continuing negotiations. Santos began meeting with various civil society sectors, both those against and for the agreement. As you’ll see in some of the links below, although the government has made no official announcements on their progress, negotiations continue, and on October 26, FARC leaders announced they are close to a new agreement.
This page is dedicated to providing links to news articles and other resources on the peace process: the original agreement, how it came to be voted down, and what is happening now. We’ll be adding links to the site as events progress.
Information on the original agreement and the context leading to negotiations
Lawyers Without Borders Canada has created a succinct backgrounder on the war in Colombia, past peace attempts, and key issues in the current agreement. Download here:
In Spanish, from the High Commission for Peace: various documents on the peace agreement, including the final text and summaries of the agreement