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Colombia: Empowerment of non-violent Groups & the Future
Former hostage Marcos Baquero, center top, embraces his wife Olga Lucia Tao, right, after he was released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, in Villavicencio, Colombia, Wednesday Feb. 9, 2011. Baquero, member of the municipal council of San Jose del Guaviare, was relased by the FARC who kidnapped him in June 2009
“Accepts “Plan Colombia” 1999
Military to military relationships strengthened
Equipment provided to Colombian military
U. S. “trainers” teach counterinsurgency tactics
Pastrana policy of providing sanctuaries for insurgents worsens the situation
Conservative political party loses credibility
Wins election of 2002 by promising to be hard on violence and drugs
Close alliance with President Bush
Increased commitment of central government to fight FARC and ELN