It’s been more than two years since the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla members made public their negotiations to end half a century of conflict. The guerilla group, the oldest in the world, sent a team of representatives to Havana, where talks with government delegates have been staged. The talks will involve discussion of the five main points established in the agenda: land reform, political participation, illicit drug trade, victims and the end of the conflict.
Support for the talks is still strong in Colombia, even as it has had its fair share of critics in a country ravaged by violence, with hundreds of thousands of deaths, and an estimated 7 million civilians displaced.
Will peace mean impunity for the perpetrators? Will a peace agreement mean the end of violence or rather, an even further degradation of the conflict?
Elaine Reyes sat down with Virginia Bouvier, Senior Adviser for Latin American Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, to discuss the Colombian peace process.