Is the drug agreement reached by the government of Colombia and the FARC doomed to failure?


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In a report entitled Drugs, Armed Conflict , and Peace " (Drugs, Armed Conflict and Peace - pdf) Ricardo Vargas - Associate Researcher at the Transnational Institute - examines the partial agreement on illegal drugs reached in May during peace negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government of the country.

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However, according to Vargas, the agreement is likely to have minimal impact on drug trafficking as it does not address the root causes of the illegal drug economy. Vargas argues that illegal coca cultivation is a "symptom of social exclusion" and, therefore, can not be limited to being resolved with the eradication of coca crops.

Vargas pointed out that for substitution of crops is necessary to address communication and infrastructure deficiencies in rural areas, as well as factors related to environmental protection. He argues that local farmers need to have a voice in the exploitation of natural resources and also in other issues that affect their communities, rather than just being allowed to participate in decision-making related to coca eradication. p>

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