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Colombia Govt vs Guerillas Farc and ELN

Years: 1964-2015
Battle deaths: 22,294 [1]
Non-state conflict, battle-deaths: 2,194 [3]
Onesided violence: 2,523 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]

Published prior to 2013 | Altered: 2017-06-04 15:38:54
UCDP: "Colombia has experienced a long-lasting armed conflict between the government and several guerrilla organisations. In fact, the over half a century on-going conflict makes it the oldest of today’s civil wars. Some rebel groups found negotiated settlements and disarmed in the early 1990s. FARC, formed in the 1960s, is still active. The left-wing guerrillas wish to overthrow the government but one underlying reason for the conflict’s longevity is the income of the coca leaf.

In 2012 the conflict remained active with unchanged intensity level. However, peace negotiations between the government and FARC opened in Oslo in October and continued in Havana in November. President Santos continued military airstrikes on rebel camps throughout the year and declared that the government wouldn’t consider ceasefire until a final agreement is reached. In April FARC released members of the security forces that had been held prisoners for over a decade and in November, when peace talks started on Cuba, the organisation declared unilateral ceasefire as a goodwill gesture. As of December 2012 the conflict in Colombia was still on-going, active only in the FARC dyad."

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: 2013-07-27) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) #92 UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2016 (link) (1989-2015)
Low: 17,716 High: 26,197

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v. 1.4-2015 (1989-2014) (link) including actors: Government of Colombia, FARC, ELN, ACCU, AUC, Medellín Cartel
Low: 2,396 High: 3,345

[3] UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v. 2.5-2015, 1989-2014 (link) including dyads: AUC vs ELN, AUC vs FARC
Low: 2,179 High: 3,151

According to a Colombian government report 220,000 people have died in the conflict between 1958 and 2013, most of them civilians.

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.


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