Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity
8 April 2016: In this statement, Crisis Group recommends that the UN Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) draw lessons from a history of failed strategies and poor results and from our field experience to look closely at Latin America, where cartels outgun national police, coerce and corrupt officials and produce countless victims in a battle to control drug production, transport corridors and distribution networks.
The Colombian Government’s First Official Peace Talks with the ELN
31 March 2016: The International Crisis Group welcomes the announcement on 30 March of the “Agreement for Peace Talks between the National Government and the National Liberation Army” (ELN) in Colombia, and the beginning of a public phase of negotiations. These talks, together with those nearing completion with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, are the greatest opportunity to end 52 years of armed conflict.
Statement on the Transitional Justice Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC
24 September 2015: The agreement on transitional justice reached by the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and publicly announced yesterday in Havana is a major breakthrough in the four-year peace talks.
Political Turmoil in Guatemala: Opportunities and Risks
31 August 2015: Guatemala is confronting a fast-moving crisis of political legitimacy, as prosecutors reveal new evidence that appears to implicate President Otto Pérez Molina and his former vice president in an allegedly massive tax fraud scheme. Powerful business and civil society organisations are calling for the president’s resignation. Almost twenty years after the end of a bloody civil war, Guatemala has an opportunity to overcome a legacy of impunity, weak institutions and crippled political parties.
Lo que no es y lo que puede ser una comisión de la verdad
2 June 2015: Javier Ciurlizza states what a truth Commission in the Colombia peace process should aim for.
Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backwards
26 May 2015: Colombia’s peace process faces its most serious crisis yet, after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspended a five month old unilateral ceasefire.
Colombia: A Dangerous Setback
16 April 2015:
Read our statement on the attack by FARC on 14 April in Colombia, the deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago.
Time for UNASUR to Defuse the Crisis in Venezuela
11 March 2015: If Venezuela is not to continue sliding toward violent confrontation, the international community - in particular the members of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay, in addition to Venezuela) - must urgently devise measures that contribute to resolution of the grave political and economic crisis.