Havana, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the government of that country continue today in the capital, after a new call for the guerrillas to cease bilateral hostilities.
At the Havana’s Conference Center, permanent venue of the conversations, the parties come to this third day of talks of this fifth cycle, while the issue of truce comes to light again not only in Havana but also in Colombia, where the armed conflict has already intensified in several areas of the country for more than 50 years.
The guerrilla’s delegation head Ivan Marquez reiterated yesterday in a statement the FARC-EP willingness to establish the bilateral cessation of actions, and mentioned the suggestion of a truce made by Colombian politician Alvaro Leyva, published in the column “La Barca de Calderon,” in El Nuevo Siglo newspaper.
In the document, the FARC-EP agreed with the proposal made by Leyva, who seeks for decades a solution to the conflict based on dialogue.
In this regard, they said that although the ceasefire implies a great effort, it is an important step to demonstrate the desire for peace of each of the parties.
The issue of bilateral cease-fire has generated controversies during peace talks: the same day of its beginning, on November 19, the FARC-EP announced a unilateral ceasefire for 60 days, to promote a peaceful environment for the process, in which Cuba and Norway act as guarantors.