FARC, Colombian government to resume talks in Cuba

Posted on Jul 10 2014 - 7:24am by Rico

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will resume peace talks on July 15 in Havana after a break, the two sides said on July 8.

After a pause of more than a month, negotiators have already held some preparatory discussions on the highly thorny issue of victims of the country’s conflict.

That one is next up on the agenda of talks aiming to reach a deal that would end Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict.

Agreement has been reached previously on three agenda points: rural development; the rebels’ reintegration into the political process; and illegal drugs.

The sides have yet to take up three other agenda items: the laying down of weapons by the FARC, compensation for victims of the conflict and determining whether an eventual comprehensive peace agreement should be put to a national referendum.

The negotiations have been underway in Havana since November 2012.

Sources: El Tiempo; El País