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Colombia defense ministry claims 18% increase in rebel desertions in 2013

(Photo: Colombian military)

Colombia’s defense ministry on Thursday said that in 2013 the number of desertions from rebel groups like the FARC and ELN increased 18.4%.

In total, a ministry press release said, 1,350 rebel fighters surrendered to authorities, 1,111 of the FARC, 237 of the ELN and 2 of dissident factions of either guerrilla organization.

In 2012 the government had reported the demobilization of 1,140 individuals.

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Among the former guerrillas who demobilized last year there were 345 women.

The press release mentioned no surrender of members of neo-paramilitary groups.

Over the past ten years, the Colombian government claimed to have received almost 25,000 demobilizing rebels.

Demobilization history

Sources

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