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19992002 FARC-Government peace process

The FARC-Government peace process (1999-2002) , from January 7, 1999 to February 20, 2002, was a failed peace process between the Government of President Andres Pastrana and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group in an effort to bring to an end the ongoing Colombian Armed Conflict.

Without any major adversaries in the drug business other than the growing AUC paramilitary group, the FARC gained controlled of most the drug production and trade, as well as financing its political rethoric and influence over most of the regions in Colombia. With the weakening of the drug cartels the guerrillas became the main issue affecting Colombia. Andres Pastrana ran for the presidential office again and as a candidate his campaign sustained negotiations with the FARC for a possible peace process.

On January 11, guerrilla commander Jorge Briceno threatened to kidnap high profile people if the government did not comply with FARC's demands for a prisoner exchange. Some years before, the FARC had kidnapped a considerable number of military personnel, high profile politicians and government officials. Pastrana replied with a threat to end the peace process if the FARC carried out the kidnappings. On January 19 the FARC froze the dialogues stating that the AUC paramilitary groups were resurging and demanded the government to act against these groups and its supporters within the government.

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