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Colombian FARC-EP and Govt to Preparatory Meeting

Havana, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government will meet on Tuesday in this capital to formally prepare the peace talks.

The FARC-EP confirmed on Monday to Prensa Latina that the meeting that was previously scheduled for Monday, according to an agreement reached on October 18 in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, was postponed for Tuesday.

Both sides had agreed in that European nation to hold a preparatory meeting on November 5, prior to the formal talks that should begin on November 15 in Havana.

The FARC-EP ratified on Friday its commitment to fulfill the agenda of those negotiations, which seek a change for Colombia and are based, according to the FARC-EP, on eradication of the causes that originated the armed conflict.

The agenda that was defined after six months of exploratory meetings is composed of five points agreed to between both sides.

The first point refers to greater access to the land and more equitable distribution of prosperity.

The second point refers to guarantees for exercising political opposition and public participation.

The third point would be the end of the armed conflict, which includes giving up weapons and integrating the guerrillas in civilian life.

The struggle against drug trafficking would be the fourth point and the fifth point is related to the victims’ rights and entails clarifying the events during almost 50 years of armed conflict.

The FARC-EP insit that all Colombians should be part of this new effort to reach peace in the country.

Cuba, permanent seat of the talks and Norway are guarantors of the process, while Chile and Venezuela are accompanying countries.

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