Quick Guide: The Colombian conflict
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Peace prospects
The AUC is demobilising thousands as part of its peace process

President Alvaro Uribe has made national security his main goal.

He has sought to confront the Farc head on, and many war-weary Colombians have welcomed his achievements in pushing the conflict back into the countryside.

Negotiations with the AUC have resulted in the demobilisation of several thousand of their fighters.

But critics say Mr Uribe's tactics have led to human rights abuses and have done little to reduce the violence, while neglecting social development.