December 13, 2005

ANOTHER ALLY TOO LITTLE NOTICED:

1,923 Colombian Paramilitaries Surrender: Move by rightist militia members renews the stalled demobilization process. A leftist group meets with government officials to plan talks. (Chris Kraul, December 13, 2005, LA Times)

Frozen for two months, the demobilization of Colombia's militias took a step forward Monday with the surrender of 1,923 paramilitary fighters and a large arsenal of weapons, including two helicopters. [...]

The demobilization of paramilitary forces is a key element in President Alvaro Uribe's strategy to end the civil war. Uribe hopes to complete it by mid-February, then turn his attention to defeating the FARC, which has refused to negotiate with the national government.

The other main insurgent army, the National Liberation Army, known by its Spanish initials ELN, has expressed interest in a negotiated settlement and held preliminary talks with Colombian officials in Havana on Monday.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 13, 2005 12:00 AM
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Outlasting another one?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 13, 2005 10:50 AM
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