By Nick Miroff
With every incremental advance in the peace negotiations between Colombian government negotiators and FARC rebel commanders, President Juan Manuel Santos faces an increasingly unpalatable spectacle — the Bogota equivalent of the “Satan sandwich.”
The armistice talks have been taking place in Cuba for nearly two years, and for the process to advance, more and more FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commanders are being flown to Havana to participate and take a personal stake in the outcome.
But that means Santos must guarantee safe passage to Cuba for the same rebel leaders whom government forces have been battling in Colombia’s jungles. Notorious FARC commanders who haven’t been seen in years are suddenly showing up on Colombian TV reports wearing sunglasses and guayaberas in Havana.