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Peace Talks to Be Resumed Between Colombian Government and FARC-EP

The cycles of negotiation between the representatives of the Cololmbian government  and rebel group FARC-EP will resume next January 26 in Havana, as part of an agenda devised to put an end to the conflict in Colombia.

 

 

Sources of the UN High Commissioner Office for Peace, confirmed to Prensa Latina Monday that prior to the restart of formal talks between the administration of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), will develop preparatory sessions, provided for from next January 18.

 

After achieving consensus on the issues of comprehensive rural reform, political participation, and illicit drugs both sides will now discuss points relating to transitional justice, end of the confrontation, lay out of weapons, demobilization and reintegration of the guerrillas into society, considered the most complex and critical.

 

Since 2012, both groups talk in the Cuban capital to end the war in the Andean nation, which caused the death of at least 230,000 Colombians for more than 50 years, official reports revealed.

 

The general registration of victims includes more than 6.8 million citizens.

 

In the course of the previous week, President Santos summoned the National Liberation Army (ELN), another of the active insurgent movements in the country, to talk at a table similar to the one established with the FARC-EP, and for the same purposes.

 

Such a request was accepted by the leaders of the ELN but the details of such meetings are unknown, preceded by exploratory approaches.

 

In order to minimize the victimization of the civil population, the FARC-EP decreed a ceasefire unilaterally and indefinitely since December 20, in spite of the refusal of Casa de Nariño (Colombian government house) to support such an initiative with reciprocal actions such as the suspension of operations by the army against the rebel group camps. / Source: PL.

 

 

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