Latin America/Asia Files: Cold War-era communist insurgencies wind down in Colombia, Philippines: Bogota, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ink historic peace deal, ending 52-year rebellion, cessation of hostilities takes effect Aug. 29, FARC supreme cmdr. “Timochenko” formally declares rebel army’s ceasefire from Havana, where negotiations began in 2012; armed conflict cost lives of more than 265,000 Colombians, displaced millions; Marxist guerrillas to hold conference between Sept. 13-19, vote on peace deal, approval will lead to 180-day demobilization/ disarmament process in zones controlled by UN, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; Colombian Pres. Santos continues peace negotiations with 2,500 fighters of National Liberation Army; Manila, New People’s Army finally agree to “indefinite ceasefire” after 30 years of on-again/off-again negotiations, Norway has facilitated peace talks since 2001, 3,000-man Maoist rebel army mainly operates in south, east of Philippine archipelago
August 31, 2016
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This may be the end of war in Colombia and the Philippines, but it’s not the end of the ideology of communism in Latin America and Asia by any means.
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