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FARC-EP, Gov’t Talks Continue Normally

Havana, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) said Wednesday that the peace talks with the government continue normally and “no one has stood up or formally threatened to withdraw.”

In a statement from the general staff read in this capital by FARC-EP member Marco Leon Calarca, the insurgency said that, on the contrary, both parties are working in search of points for an approach on agricultural issues.

“What some radio stations and other media describe as the first major crisis of the ongoing dialogues between the government and the FARC, is nothing more than another of those virtual media creations, to create nonexistent falsehoods about reality,” Calarca said.

According to the guerrilla, the war events shaking the country and affecting people and interests of the two parties involved in the confrontation, are the vicissitudes of the conflict that the negotiation table is meant to resolve.

“Trying to destroy the way of peace by appealing to those elements is real madness,” he said, while calling “those who describe themselves as patriots and benefactors of the country” to promote the strengthening of the dialogue in an open and positive way.

In recent days, the FARC-EP and the Executive of that South American nation have publicly expressed their differences and launched allegations, which are generating some concern in sectors eager to end decades of confrontation.

The Government attributes to the guerrilla the kidnapping of policemen, while the insurgency warns that these were people captured in combat.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced yesterday that the Defense Ministry was instructed to coordinate with the International Red Cross Committee the release of the two policemen captured by the guerrilla on January 25.

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