The full drafts of all the preliminary accords struck between the team of negotiators representing the Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos and that of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) in Cuba are now in the public domain. Santos said the decision to reveal the details of the partial accords was a sign of his govern- ment’s commitment to transparency, to end inaccurate speculation about their content by a vocal opposition and to build the public’s confidence in the peace process. This all sounds sensible enough but the timing of the decision raises questions.

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