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Colombian General Says FARC Deal Won’t Be the End of Violence

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Sep 13, 2016, 9:20 am
General Alberto Mejia, one of the closest in the FARC-government peace process says drug traffic fuels war (YouTube)
General Alberto Mejia, one of the generals most involved in the FARC peace process, says drug trafficking is the main driver of violence in Colombia. (YouTube)

EspañolCommander of the National Army of Colombia Alberto Mejía made statements regarding the government’s peace talks with the guerilla group FARC this week.

Even though the general supports the FARC deal that will be the matter of a referendum in October, he claimed violence will continue in Colombia as long as there is coca within its borders, as it has been the main driver of warfare over the last 50 years.

Mejia said the army will continue its offensive against groups that finance their illegal activities with coca. Thanks to the peace process, he said FARC will stop planting, producing and commercializing coca but other illegal groups like the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the small criminal organization Bacrim will try to fill the void left by FARC.

Mejia said the army will have to continue to pursue illegal plantations and laboratories in the country. However, the general said he believes efforts taken against this problem are already quite large.

Coca cultivation has increased over the previous year, causing considerable complications among Colombian authorities.

Source: La F.M. 

Editor’s note: the first two paragraphs have been amended to clarify that Alberto Mejía supports the government-led peace talks.

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.