Good luck Colombia

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

After decades of war between the government of Columbia and a revolutionary force (FARC - Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - in English: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a resolution might have been reached. The two sides worked out a plan but ending a conflict dating back to 1963 that has included atrocities committed by both sides will take more that just a piece of paper.

Still, there is cause for cautious optimism.

FARC is giving up its goal of overthrowing the government and economic system of Colombia. The government needs to recognize FARC as a political party with guaranteed participation in the legislature. The government also promises to invest more in rural areas.

Guerrillas and government forces will appear before a tribunal, and if they hold back nothing in their testimony will avoid jail time, agreeing to an alternate form of restricted liberty such as community service. FARC members will get compensation.

If this peace plan works, it could serve as a model to end conflicts in other parts of the world.