FARC Attack Disrupts Oil Pipeline at End of Ceasefire in Colombia

By Dialogo
January 23, 2013

The FARC communist guerrillas allegedly perpetrated an attack with explosives against Trasandino’s oil pipeline in the Colombian district of Putumayo, on January 20, the day that the unilateral two-month truce came to an end, Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos (Ecopetrol) informed.

The attack occurred on a section of the pipeline near the village of Orito in Putumayo, in the south part of the country, an Ecopetrol spokesman told AFP.

On November 20, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) started a unilateral truce as proof of their “goodwill” in the peace negotiations taking place since November 2012 with the Colombian government.

“With pain in my heart, we have to admit that we are returning to the stage of war that nobody wants,” FARC lead negotiator Ivan Marquez stated in Havana, Cuba.

The attack against Trasandino’s oil pipeline, which caused a minor oil leak, is the first attack attributed to the FARC after the end of truce.

“A contingency plan has already been implemented to avoid contamination due to the oil leaked into a ravine,” the source explained, and added that the pipes will be fixed when the Army can make the area secure for the workers.

Trasandino’s oil pipeline is 306 kilometers long, and transports oil from Ecuador to the Colombian port of Tumaco, on the Pacific coast.

As we are within the first days of the year and since the Dialogue Roundtable has just been created in Havana, Cuba, everything is restarting and we have all the time in the world to reach a cease-fire agreement. So the only sign of strength we can count on is hope and the good will of the participants. Those of us who believe in the Goodness and Mercy of God commend ourselves to Him, so that no strange forces appear and bring more difficulties than the ones we already have. Good-luck and good sailing!