By Harvey F. Kline
Charts the growth and failure of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana’s efforts to convey an finish to sixty years of civil war.
The civil conflict in Colombia has waxed and waned for nearly sixty years with moving ambitions, courses, and strategies one of the contending events and with bursts of appalling violence punctuated via uneasy truces, cease-fires, and makes an attempt at reconciliation. forms of Marxism, the economics of narco-trafficking, peasant land starvation, poverty, and oppression combine jointly in a poisonous stew that has claimed uncounted lives of (most frequently) peasants, conscript infantrymen, and those who simply received within the way.
Hope for solution of this clash is mostly restrained to dreamers and millenialists of varied persuasions, yet sometimes an test is made at a step forward within the army stalemate among the govt. and the Marxist teams. the most promising such makes an attempt used to be made by way of new Colombian President Andrés Pastrana at a time whilst the most insurgent teams appeared receptive to critical discussion. This publication is an account of that attempt at peace, observed on the outset by means of family and foreign help and desire, and but doomed like such a lot of others to eventual failure.
Through interviews with the various actors during this drama, in addition to an figuring out of some of the curiosity teams and fiscal forces at paintings in Colombia, Dr. Kline charts the growth and supreme failure of this attempt, and thereby hopes to extend figuring out of the reasons of its loss of luck. the significance of the solution of the clash to the quarter and to dull electorate of this bothered land can't be
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Extra resources for Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: The Peace Process of Columbian President Andres Pastrana
But the issue is more complex than that—during a given presidential tenure negotiating teams have often changed because of political maneuverings that have nothing to do with the peace process. Other things equal, this detracts from the negotiating power of the government and increases that of the guerrillas. A related theme is the issue of time. The Pastrana government had a time limit of four years, while both guerrilla groups had existed since the 1960s. Once again, other things equal, this detracts from the power of the government and increases that of the guerrillas.
Theme 5: “The Devil Is in the Details” Colombian politicians are experts in high-sounding principles and vague documents. Yet a peace process, especially with guerrilla groups who have been ¤ghting for nearly forty years, is a complex matter, both substantively and procedurally. 41 This suggests that a lot of ¤ne points must enter into the solution to a long con®ict. However, as the chapters below will show, the Colombian peace process included only one substantive agreement—a prisoner exchange between the government and FARC in 2001.
The government communiqué, signed by Presidential Commissioner for Peace José Noé Ríos and High Commissioner for Peace Daniel García-Peña,47 indicated that throughout the talks, topics such as demobilization and disarmament for the so-called reincorporation processes were not discussed at all. The government stated that the dif¤culties inherent to complex processes such as this should not hinder the normal development of the Pre-Agreement Document, in whose full compliance the government reiterated its political commitment.
Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: The Peace Process of Columbian President Andres Pastrana by Harvey F. Kline