South America and Caribbean


Colombian rebels release hostages amid stalled peace talks (13.09.2018)

Colombia’s last remaining rebel group, the ELN, has released six people it kidnapped last month. … President Ivan Duque suspended peace talks with the ELN shortly after taking office last month and demanded the group stop all of its criminal activities, including kidnappings, and release all of...

Duque and FARC ask UN to extend monitoring period of Colombia’s peace process (31.08.2018)

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque and demobilized FARC rebels on Friday requested the United Nations to extend its time in Colombia to monitor an ongoing peace process. Duque wrote to the UN requesting an extension of the mandate of the UN Special Political Mission in Colombia, with particular focus...

Duque vows to use force to ‘dismantle’ paramilitary group that offered to demobilize voluntarily (24.08.2018)

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque on Thursday vowed to send the military after the AGC, the country’s largest illegal armed group that offered to submit to justice a year ago. While speaking in Carepa, a town terrorized by the paramilitaries, Duque implied he will abandon preparations for the...

Colombia’s ruling party wants to end state cooperation with war crimes tribunal (19.08.2018)

The party of Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has asked Congress to end all state cooperation with a war crimes tribunal, a truth commission and even the missing persons search unit that are part of an ongoing peace process.

Duque appoints experienced scholar as personal adviser on peace (14.08.2018)

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque put scholar Miguel Ceballos in charge of the country’s peace process with demobilized FARC guerrillas and peace talks with ELN rebels.

Haiti's President chooses Jean Henry Ceant as country's next PM (05.08.2018)

(President Jovenel) Moise unveiled his choice following two days of intense negotiations with leaders of both houses of Parliament, three weeks after riots against rising fuel prices wreaked havoc in Port-au-Prince.

ELN ceasefire falls through: future of peace talks uncertain as Duque focuses on sports (02.08.2018)

Colombia’s government and ELN rebels said Wednesday they have failed to agree to a bilateral ceasefire, leaving the fate of peace talks in the hands of incoming President Ivan Duque.

Secretary-General appoints Helen La Lime head of UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (01.08.2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Helen Meagher La Lime of the United States as his Special Representative for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).

Despite challenges and ‘unfinished business’, Colombia celebrates progress towards lasting peace, Security Council hears (26.07.2018)

Amid a long series of challenges, the implementation of the peace process in Colombia is moving forward and has achieved important milestones in recent months, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General presented to the Security Council on Thursday.