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FARC-EP, Colombian Gov’t Resume Peace Talks

Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and that country’s government will resume talks today aiming at achieving peace after more than 50 years of armed confrontation.

After a month of an active break, as the parties defined in a joint communiqué, the representative of the guerrilla and of the government of Juan Manuel Santos return to Havana’s International Conference Center, usual venue of peace talks, which began in November 19, 2012 with Cuba and Norway as guarantors.

According to the document, this break would allow both parties to work separately on the issues of the first topic of the agenda that deals with agricultural development, which has been the main talking point so far.

The communiqué underlined actions would be carry out to ready the political participation forum, to be held in April 28-30 in Bogota that will be attended by nearly 1,200 people.

The other four issues included in the agenda are the end of the armed conflict, the solution to the illegal drugs’ problem, the victims’ rights and verification and endorsing mechanisms of the agreements reached during the negotiations.

During this month in Colombia, several actions have been held to promote peace, including a mass demonstration with the participation of more than one million Colombians as well as a Congress for Peace, attended by more than 20,000 people from 16 countries.


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