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Colombia's Plan to Reintegrate Insurgents

May 3, 2016 | 22:17 GMT
Creating a system of compensation for the rank-and-file members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could be a key to ending its five-decade insurgency.
(LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

In peace talks aimed at ending the insurgency of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Colombian government will likely offer the FARC leadership some degree of immunity from prosecution for crimes committed as insurgents. It could even offer them political participation -- perhaps in the form of congressional seats. But those concessions would not likely apply to the group's rank and file. So to raise the likelihood of successfully demobilizing a majority of the FARC, negotiators are most likely in the process of crafting some kind of compensation package, which could include monthly stipends. Providing financial support to militants as they leave the insurgency could play a key part in the effort to reintegrate them into society by providing them an income outside of criminal activity. ...

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