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Peace Mediator: Armed Conflict in Colombia Could Heat Up in 2020

Peace Mediator: Armed Conflict in Colombia Could Heat Up in 2020 by Luis Jaime Acosta – Reuters

CALI, Colombia (Reuters) - Armed conflict in Colombia could heat up in 2020 and there could even be bombings in cities if dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) follow through with plans to pressure the government into a new peace deal, an expert mediator said on Monday.

Henry Acosta, who traversed the Andean country for more than a decade to help bring the FARC and government together for peace talks that eventually lead to a 2016 deal, said he fears a resurgence in conflict as rebels who rejected demobilization push for constitutional reform they believe would guarantee political, economical and social change

The 71-year-old economist based his assessment on the declaration made by some former FARC commanders who returned to arms last year. They cited what they called a breakdown in the accord, which ended the FARC’s part in a conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people and displaced millions…

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