State Building and Conflict Resolution in Colombia, 1986-1994

By Harvey F. Kline | Go to book overview
Save to active project

3
Barco's Guerrilla Policy

The focus of this chapter is on the policies of the Virgilio Barco government for ending conflict with the guerrilla groups. I will demonstrate that the government took a more active role in its last two years, with some notable successes.

It was surprising that President Barco announced no new initiative for dealing with the guerrilla problem at his inauguration on August 7, 1986, because at the time, although there were approximately five thousand guerrillas of the FARC in a truce with the government, there were still another two thousand not observing a truce. The latter came from the Ricardo Franco Group and the CNG (Coordinadora Nacional Guerrillera, National Guerrilla Coordinator) made up of the M-19, EPL, ELN, and Quintín Lame.1 Further, a report of the minister of defense had given the following figures for guerrilla-related deaths from May 1985 through May 1986: guerrillas, 764; military, 384; and civilians, 670. Leaders of the Unión Patriótica ( UP [Patriotic Union], the legal political party formed by the FARC during the Betancur democratic opening) added that about three hundred of its militants had been killed by death squads during the same period.2

This situation was surely less serious than that faced by the Betancur government four years previously, even with all of those deaths. At that time there had perhaps been as many as seventeen thousand individuals in fifty-five guerrilla fronts in the country. John Agudelo Rios, president of Betancur's Peace Commission, concluded that the policies of the Betancur government led to the end of 95 percent of the guerrilla activities. This was done despite the problems he had faced as president of the Peace Commission, including the lack of support of

-33-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
State Building and Conflict Resolution in Colombia, 1986-1994
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 244

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?