Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Colombia, FARC Begin New Round of Talks In Cuba

Colombia, FARC begin new round of talks in Cuba

Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:51PM GMT

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have started another round of peace talks in the Cuban capital Havana.

"We arrive in Havana today (Tuesday) with the objective of making decisions," Colombian government negotiator Humberto de la Calle said on Tuesday before entering Havana's main convention center where the talks were held.

"We want results," he stated. "This is a process that cannot be prolonged indefinitely."

FARC negotiator Ivan Marquez said his delegation began the latest round of peace talks "with hope beating in our warrior chests of being able to find, at last, a political solution to this long conflict."

At the end of the last round of talks on March 21, both sides claimed progress had been made toward an agreement to end half a century of insurgency in the South American nation. The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions of people.

FARC is Latin America's oldest insurgent group and has been fighting the government since 1964.

The rebel organization has more than 9,000 fighters operating across a large swathe of the eastern jungles of the Andean nation.

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