The remnants of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), the maoist group who terrorised the Peruvian people in the 80’s and early 90’s, have demanded that the Peruvian Government initiate peace talks in which the group will be disbanded and it’s members given amnesty. If their demands for a peace deal are not met they have vowed to resume an armed conflicted with the Peruvian state. “If the government doesn’t address our demands for a political solution, then we will be forced to re-initiate armed actions in three months,” Comrade Artemio annouced to journalists in his San Martín jungle hide-out.
The group currently concentrates its efforts in helping cocaine drug-lords grow and smuggle drugs out of Peru, killing police and army patrols that try to intervene. President Alan Garcia, who has recently proposed the idea of a death penalty for terrorists, is yet to respond to the Shining Path’s demands.