After the breakdown of talks with the eln, the pastrana government sets the war machine in motion
Those who have believed the u.S. Government’s declarations so far are "plan colombia" the government, which believes that the farc is fighting drugs and not the opposition, has been disabused of this notion in recent weeks. A little more than a year after the u.S. Congress approved $1 billion in military aid, colombia is well on its way to open civil war. Since the government of conservative president andres pastrana took office on 7 december, the. After pastranas declared an end to talks with the eln guerrillas on august 8, the colombian army launched an offensive throughout the country in which, according to army sources, several hundred people were killed. Not only eln-controlled areas in departments such as bolivar and arauca, but also regions under the influence of the farc guerrillas, who are still negotiating with the government, are attacked by elite units several thousand strong.
Vor drei jahren war der amtsantritt von prasident pastrana noch als auftakt eines neuen friedensprozesses gefeiert worden. The editor-in-chief of the "le monde diplomatique", ignacio ramonet, described pastrana in the summer of 1998 as a great hope for colombia, which had been ravaged by war for more than 50 years. In fact, immediately after taking power, the new president fulfilled several important conditions for the start of peace negotiations. For example, he left the farc guerrillas, who were considered to be close to the cp, a 40.The new president established a security zone of about 1,000 square kilometers in the south of the country, suspended arrest warrants for leading guerrilla commanders, and traveled to the area now controlled by the farc in january 1999 to kick off the talks.