January 16, 2002 |
A road leaving this teeming frontier town winds toward a series of cliffs that soar over river gorges. Etched into one cliff, with a sweeping view of wild, unspoiled jungle, lies an emblem of the problems facing Colombia's peace process. It is a massive sculpture, 30 feet high and 130 feet long, hewn from the rock. The artwork features a winged Manuel Marulanda, the leader of this country's largest rebel group, the FARC, approaching Simon Bolivar, South America's legendary liberator.
January 15, 2002 |
The government and rebel leaders reached a last-minute accord Monday to restart peace talks, pulling Colombia back from the brink of a full-blown war. A group of 10 ambassadors persuaded the two sides to end their standoff only hours before a deadline for troops to retake a demilitarized zone that the government ceded to the country's largest rebel army--the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC--three years ago for peace negotiations.
July 8, 2001 |
It is late on a Monday afternoon, and there is nobody in sight. The whitewashed health clinic is shuttered. Weeds and wildflowers swarm over a row of crumbling homes. The cheery signs plastered across the front of the school--"Honor," "Respect," "Love"--hang over shattered windows.
March 30, 2001 |
The government began a complete withdrawal of its troops from a leftist rebel stronghold, hoping to encourage a resumption of peace talks with the nation's second-largest guerrilla force. Military officials said 1,000 of an estimated 3,000 soldiers had left the territory as part of the withdrawal, which may be a step toward granting the National Liberation Army, or ELN, a demilitarized enclave.
February 3, 2001 |
Rebel leader Manuel "Sure Shot" Marulanda has agreed to Colombian President Andres Pastrana's demand for face-to-face talks in a guerrilla enclave to revive stalled peace talks, a rebel commander said Friday. Alfonso Cano, chief ideologue of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, told reporters that Marulanda, who formed the FARC in the mid-1960s, had agreed to meet Thursday with Pastrana. "I agree . . . that we need to meet again.
January 28, 2001 |
With the government nearing a deal to give rebels control over a Delaware-size territory, the area's residents expressed anger Saturday that plans were going ahead despite their objections. Delegates from the government and the leftist guerrilla group, National Liberation Army, or ELN, presented residents in Bolivar state on Friday with the first concrete details of the demilitarized zone where peace talks would be held.