As reported by the office of the Colombian High Commissioner for Peace, “The Central Headquarters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announces a unilateral ceasefire until January 2, 2023.”
The news comes amid talks with the government of another rebel group, the National Liberation Army. Other paramilitary formations made similar decisions about a temporary ceasefire. In this regard, the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, expressed the hope that these “peace processes will be consolidated.”
It should be noted that in Colombia, for more than 50 years, the conflict between the authorities and various armed groups, as well as drug traffickers, has continued. In 2016, the largest of them, the FARC, agreed in 2016 with the government to end the fighting, a year later the group morphed into a political party with the same abbreviation (in Spanish), but a slightly different name. Officially, it is called “Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común”.
However, several groups that were part of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia did not agree with the decision made by the leadership and continued to organize attacks against the security forces.
According to the think tank Indepaz, some 90 different groups are currently operating in the country, including more than 5,000 people.
Gustavo Petro, who recently came to power, promised to negotiate with all Colombian armed groups as part of his “full peace” policy.