Ceasefire ends in Colombia

A unilateral ceasefire agreement between Colombia’s government and Farc rebels has ended.    The ceasefire which was agreed upon in November and ended on Sunday is responsible for lower levels of violence the last two months.  With the cessation of the ceasefire agreement levels of violence are expected to elevate.  Negotiations between Colombian government officials and Farc leadership are persisting.  However, both sides are unable to come to an agreement as Farc leadership is asking for a bilateral ceasefire, whereas the Colombian government insists it will only accept a signed peace treaty to end hostilities.  Parallels can be made between Colombia’s situation and Mexico’s.  We learned in our reading that rebel groups, comprised of the dissatisfied lower class, plagued Mexico after independence.  The residual effects of such violence and political turmoil are still felt in Mexico today.  Though the political history and current situation is different in Colombia, Farc is a rebel group which claims to represent the lower class and wants to influence politics in favor of the poor.  The big takeaway is that since independence from Spain, Latin America has not stopped experiencing domestic unrest  and is still looking for a solution.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/latin_america/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/01/201312016575695697.html

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