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Workers prepare a banner that reads in Spanish: "Dialogue of peace" prior to a conference of victims of the Colombian armed conflict in Havana on August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks

Latin America Briefing N°32, 2 July 2015

Recent advances have given Colombia’s peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a much-needed respite, but, amid an escalation of violence, the risks of an involuntary collapse are real. Saving the process requires conflict de-escalation, swift progress on the agenda and rallying popular support.

Burkina Faso, la marche aux élections
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3 July 2015: La fragile transition au Burkina Faso dispose de moins de quatre mois pour organiser des élections dans un contexte de tensions politiques et de forte agitation sociale. Dans cette vidéo, Cynthia Ohayon, analyste principal pour l'Afrique de l'ouest pour Crisis Group, analyse le processus électoral au Burkina Faso et recommande aux acteurs politiques et à la société civile de s’engager dans un dialogue formel.

South Sudan: No Sanctions without a Strategy
Security Council meeting on the situation in South Sudan, 14 May 2015. UN PHOTO

29 June 2015: As South Sudan’s civil war continues unabated and multiple peace processes and initiatives create little tangible progress, members of the UN Security Council are seeking to adopt sanctions against six generals, three each from the government and the opposition sides. This would in effect punish past wrongdoing and risk compromising ongoing peace efforts. It would also undermine the renewed impetus for a coordinated international approach to peacemaking in South Sudan.

A Truth Commission for Colombia

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9 June 2015: As they move toward a final peace agreement, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have agreed to form a truth commission. Announced as the two sides met in the Cuban capital in talks aimed at ending Latin America’s longest war, the initiative, which is to be independent and impartial, will be implemented once the long-awaited peace agreement has been signed.

See the Spanish version of this blog post to read Crisis Group’s Storify on the issue.

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