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Colombia is a deeply divided country

Two years after the peace agreement with the FARC is Colombia a torn country whose problems is closely interwoven with the Venezuela crisis. Today, Federal President of Germany, Steinmeier embarks on a trip to Colombia.

The car bomb exploded during a promotion ceremony at the police Academy General Santander, located in Bogotá. You can crack the middle of January, 21 people in the death, the bloodiest attack since the age of 16 in the capital city of Colombia. A few days later confirmed what was already suspected: The assassination went to the account of the ELN, Colombia's last active guerrilla.

"It is enough", said President Ivan Duque. The Colombians were not from terrorism, Jochen. "The ELN are nothing more than a criminal machinery of kidnappings and assassinations."

In the case of the attack in mid-January, 21 people were killed.

escalation with the announcement of

It was the final Out for the already frozen peace talks with the Marxist rebel group. President Duque had blocked the dialogue since the beginning of his presidency. A escalation with the announcement, just two years after Duques predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos, had signed the historic agreement with the largest guerrilla, the FARC.

The peace efforts would now be thrown back years, believes Leon Valencia. The renowned political scientist and until 1994 was a member of the ELN guerrilla:

"The consequences of paying the whole of the country. Those who rely on the peace, were taken from the arguments. And Duque, has been able to convince politically little, which gives the possibility to the belligerent discourse of the right, Uribe-camp, to return and to call for military solutions. It raises also new fuel to the fire in the conflict with Venezuela. All this is very sad."

With a truck and two containers was cordoned off a few days ago, the border bridge between Venezuela and Colombia. The Maduro government is blocking aid deliveries.

With the Venezuela crisis closely

interwoven, the success of The peace process in Colombia and developments in Venezuela are closely intertwined. Not only that, in the last few years, over a Million Venezuelans are in front of the crisis in the neighbouring country fled. The Marxist ELN is also in the border area.

Duque accuses the Maduro Regime to support you actively, as well as dissidents from the FARC, so fighters who have not participated in the peace process. The fronts harden. Valencia warns:

"This is one of the unresolved conflicts in the peace process. It should come to a military Intervention, and Colombia participate in any way, it would cause a fire in the entire border region with Venezuela, the flocks with other conflict to extend a conflagration could."

4. February 2017: FARC rebels want to give up their weapons.

distrust of the Ex-guerrillas

Colombia is two years after the peace agreement in a deeply divided country. Many distrust the Ex-guerrillas of the FARC. The toss and turn of the government to its promises. To do this, the peace has held in many regions of the country never to enter.

Numerous armed groups fighting to the heritage of the FARC, and their drug routes and Coca plantations - the business is booming. Today is grown in Colombia, more Coca than before the start of the talks. Also, the influence of foreign drug cartels increases, said Brigadier General Jorge Hoyos, head of the so-called Hercules-Task Force on the border to Ecuador.

"Because the Mexican drug cartels, check the quality of the cocaine, Ecuadorians, organising the transportation on the Pacific, and Colombians, which ensure the local control of the territories."

violence against activists taking to

meanwhile, the violence against people increased rights defenders dramatically. More than 400 activists have been murdered since in 2016, also from aid organizations such as Caritas and the Church. Her appeal to the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who leaves on Monday to his Colombia trip: for the peace dialogue to continue - just in a Moment, in which the fronts harden on all sides.

Colombia peace process with setbacks
Anne, Mr Berg, ARD, Buenos Aires,
10.02.2019 23:42 PM

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