The two-year peace process has now ground to a halt. Though there has been no formal cease-fire between the parties, while it has been in process, the FARC did affirm that it would no longer kidnap civilians for ransom. The general was reportedly in civilian clothes when taken, and with only a token escort. Was he seeking to negotiate with the local commanders ?
Whether this signals a new phase in the 50-year war is not known; the FARC has long been engaged in the lucrative narcotics trade, and some observers fear that some of its leadership oppose demobilization, as they are individually amassing individual fortunes, which are being banked outside the country, notably in Panama, and the remaining Caribbean tax havens.
Progress in the peace talks has been slow, and without any meaningful success, from an objective view. The FARC may be abandoning a good faith effort to brong peace to Colombia.