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Afghanistan + 13 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 05 of 2002

This report includes:
(A) West and Central Asia Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Afghanistan, (3) Pakistan

(B) Central Africa Region: (1) Democratic Republic of Congo, (2) Angola

(C) East and Southern Africa Region: (1) Somalia, (2) Eritrea, (3) Tanzania

(D) Africa Region: (1) Liberia, (2) Sierra Leone, (3) Guinea

(E) Central America and the Caribbean Region: (1) Guatemala, (2) Nicaragua, (3) Colombia

(F) Eastern Europe Region: (1) Azerbaijan

From Francesco Strippoli, Director of the Office of Humanitarian Affairs; available on the Internet on the WFP

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Colombian government, ELN to continue talks after Summit for Peace in Cuba

HAVANA, Jan 31 (AFP) - Representatives from the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) will continue their peace talks in a private meeting here Friday, after the official close of the Cuba-sponsored Summit for Peace, a spokesman for the rebel group said Thursday.

"We will have a new round of private talks with the government on Friday," ELN spokesman Ramiro Vargas told reporters.

The summit was scheduled to end on Thursday, but Vargas said it is "still too early to talk about results."

"We must wait and see what comes

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Afghanistan + 3 others
New Report on European Policy toward internally displaced persons

Washington, DC, January 30, 2002 The Brookings Institution-CUNY Project on Internal Displacement, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and the U.S. Committee for Refugees today released a report that urges the European Union (EU) and European countries individually to become more specifically and actively engaged in assisting and protecting internally displaced persons and to address the causes and consequences of internal displacement. An estimated 20 to 25 million people are currently forcibly displaced within their own countries, and struggling to survive.
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Colombian peace summit underway in the Cuban capital

by Marie Sanz

HAVANA, Jan 30 (AFP) - Representatives of Colombia's government, civilian groups and the pro-Cuban National Liberation Army (ELN) launched negotiations in the Cuban capital Wednesday, trying to make a Summit for Peace live up to its name.

Participants -- including UN special envoy to Colombia James LeMoyne - were divided into five working groups for closed-door sessions Wednesday, after Cuban President Fidel Castro presided at the official opening of the summit Tuesday night.

LeMoyne was instrumental earlier this

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Colombia + 3 others
ODM-WFP emergency situation report on Latin America & the Caribbean 30 Jan 2002

#04/2002
1. Guatemala

Name and type of operation: PRRO6089 Reconstruction and rehabilitation for families affected by Hurricane Mitch

Reporting period: 21 - 27 January 2002

a. Significant events:

Cold winds continued to affect the eastern, western and northwestern regions of the country. This has seriously hurt fruit crops that are the main source of revenue during this time of year for low-income families.

b. Security:

There is a noticeable increase in the crime rate. According to the National Police, there has been a significant

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Angola + 4 others
At least 25 million people internally displaced by end of 2001, says NRC

The newly redesigned Global IDP Database, run by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), has achieved global coverage of all ongoing situations of conflict-induced displacement in the world. On the basis of its 47 country profiles, the NRC has produced new analysis of internal displacement worldwide. For more information, access the Global IDP Database at www.idpproject.org
Armed conflict and human rights violations have forced at least 40 million people around the world to flee their homes
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Colombia, ELN rebels review state of peace talks

by Alexander Martinez

BOGOTA, Jan 29 (AFP) - Colombian government officials and members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country's second-largest rebel group, begin a three-day summit in the Cuban capital Tuesday to review their progress in peace negotiations.

The Havana meeting will focus on "evaluating the reach, success, failure and obstacles faced by the negotiating process between President Andres Pastrana's administration and the 4,500-strong rebel group," Pastrana's office said Monday.

The meeting will take place at Havana's

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Twelve Colombians killed, 22 missing in blasts

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - An explosion in a Marxist guerrilla weapons dump killed seven raiding Colombian soldiers and left 22 missing on Tuesday, and a car bomb killed five civilians in a southern city, the army said.

An army spokesman blamed the latest car bombing, in a restaurant district of the city of Florencia, on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- known by the Spanish initials FARC.

It came during an apparent offensive by the 17,000-member Marxist force, launched since they signed a landmark agreement with the government to reach a cease-fire deal by April 7.

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Press briefing by Acting Special Adviser on Colombia

The armed actors in Colombia had to stop murdering, kidnapping, displacing and massacring the Colombian people, James LeMoyne, Acting Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Colombia, told correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon.
Reviewing the current situation, Mr. LeMmoyne said it had been a difficult period in Colombia that, luckily, had ended with new agreements to restructure the peace process, giving it a new timetable and specific agenda items. Together, President Andrés Pastrana and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas
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Sixteen wounded in two grenade attacks in Colombia

BOGOTA, Jan 27 (AFP) - Eight people were wounded in a grenade attack believed to be the work of urban guerrillas linked to Colombia's largest leftist rebel group FARC, police said Sunday.

One man was arrested after allegedly throwing a fragmentation grenade into the shop late Saturday in an attack in a southern district of the capital.

"Everything indicates that this attack was committed by the urban militias of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)," said a source in the national police.

The incident occurred less than a kilometer

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War-ravaged Colombians could flood Ecuador - UNHCR

QUITO, Ecuador, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Ecuador could face up to 11,000 refugees in a six-month period if Colombia's 38-year-old war intensifies, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Friday.

The Andean nation, which shares a 388-mile (620 km) border with Colombia, has become home to about 4,250 Colombian refugees over the past two years.

The agency has mapped out two contingency plans for Ecuador: one to receive 2,300 refugees in a six-month period should Colombia's conflict maintain its current tenor, and another to receive 11,000 refugees should the violence grow.

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Five dead in small explosion in Colombia

BOGOTA, Jan 25 (AFP) - Four police officers and a five-year-old child were killed when a booby-trapped bicycle blew up in Bogota Friday, according to police General Jorge Linares Mendez.

The explosion occurred in a restaurant popular with police officers in the southern part of the capital, leaving the five dead and 13 injured, Mendez said.

"The terrorists used a bicycle and hid an explosive under some bread in a satchel," Mendez said.

Earlier, Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus blamed the explosion on "the guerrillas" without saying to which

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Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the Schedule Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP

Report
European Union
5551/02 (Presse 14)
P 6/02

Brussels, 24 January 2002 - The European Union expresses its satisfaction at the signing on 20 January 2002 of the Consensus Schedule Agreement for the future Peace Process between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP. This opens a new period and defines the priority issues necessary to take the Process through the implementation of concrete acts of peace, with specific and verifiable deadlines.

The European Union stresses the importance

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More jaw-jaw in Colombia

Colombia may have stepped back from the brink of all-out civil war this week with a new pact for peace talks. Sadly, though, it isn't much closer to resolving its 38-year conflict, which has claimed some 40,000 lives.

Over those years, this war has evolved from a cold-war-era fight against Marxist guerrillas to a complex web of violence including narcotics trafficking and right-wing paramilitaries. The United States joined Colombia's battle against the cocaine trade in 2000 with military assistance and $1.3 billion, while trying to steer clear of the war against the rebels.

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Guerrilla action continues in Colombia, rebel spokesman says

BOGOTA, Jan 23 (AFP) - Colombia's largest and oldest rebel force continues its offensive, a spokesman told local radio Wednesday, even as rebel leaders were due to sit down with government officials to resume preliminary peace talks.

Warfare waged by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has claimed the lives of more than 80 people in the past 10 days, something FARC spokesman Raul Reyes warned would continue in the absence of an end to hostile activity by military and paramilitary forces.

Insisting that it is not "FARC policy"

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Colombia holds more preliminary peace talks with rebels

by Alexander Martinez

BOGOTA, Jan 23 (AFP) - The Colombian government and FARC rebels resume preliminary peace talks Wednesday after agreeing on a timetable for a ceasefire, but guerrilla warfare continues relentlessly claiming more than 80 lives in 10 days.

Both sides are to meet inside a government-ceded demilitarized region in southern Colombia that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have been controlling since 1998.

The talks are part of Sunday's agreement aimed at setting down the details of a ceasefire which is to be in place by an April 7 deadline.

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Further British support for the Colombia peace process announced

FCO Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Denis MacShane MP, met representatives from a number of prominent NGOs, including ABColombia, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Peace Brigades International as well as UK trade union leaders to discuss the human rights situation in Colombia on 23 January. Dr MacShane said:

'I was pleased to meet representatives from progressive NGOs and trade union leaders today at the FCO. I made clear the UK's continuing strong support for the peace process between the Colombian Government and the main guerrilla groups, the FARC and ELN.

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Colombia: Pastrana entregará 2.134 viviendas a damnificados del terremoto

Armenia, 23 de enero de 2002 (ANCOL).- El presidente Andrés Pastrana visitará desde mañana varios municipios del Quindío, para entregar obras ejecutadas por el Fondo para la Reconstrucción y Desarrollo Social del Eje Cafetero (Forec).
El Fondo, creado por el Gobierno Nacional para atender la reconstrucción de la zona afectada por un terremoto de 1999, entra en proceso de liquidación a partir del próximo 25 de enero, tras realizar inversiones por 1,6 billones de pesos.

El Jefe de Estado inaugurará proyectos de vivienda, centros de salud, la estación de bomberos y un complejo educativo.

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Colombians welcome ambitious peace talks schedule despite doubts

by Carlos Hamann

BOGOTA, Jan 22 (AFP) - President Andres Pastrana hailed his government's agreement with the country's largest rebel group on a firm schedule for a ceasefire and peace talks, and called on all Colombians to join in working for peace.

"I invite everybody to take up this task. We have to give it our best. Our mission is to give life back to Colombia and all Colombians. That's why I call on all of you to reaffirm our commitment to peace," Pastrana said late Monday.

Government negotiators reached an agreement

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Colombia: World Bank approves $32 million to fight rural poverty

Report
World Bank
News Release No:
2002/184/LAC
Also Available in Spanish

WASHINGTON, January 22, 2002-The World Bank today approved a $32 million project to support Colombia's efforts to reactivate the rural economy, reduce poverty and foster peace, through a productive partnership scheme between rural communities and the private sector.

"About 80 percent of the people living in Colombia's rural areas are poor," said Olivier Lafourcade, World Bank Director for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. "This project will help fight poverty by creating jobs and new sources of income, and