First group of victims selected to participate in Colombia peace negotiations

Posted on Aug 14 2014 - 12:43pm by Today News
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As the peace talks turn to victims reparation, the first dozen victims of the country’s 50 year armed conflict have been selected to take part in the Havana negotiations, Colombia’s local media reported.

The UN and Colombia’s Universidad Nacional selected the first 12 victims to participate in the Havana negotiations, according to reports by Colombia’s Radio La W. The list was turned over to President Santos on Wednesday, who will determine when to release the names.

According to Monsignor Jose Daniel Falla, the secretary general of Colombia’s Episcopal Conference (CEC), the church is still deciding who will be the delegate to accompany victims during their meeting with the FARC negotiating team.

The guerrilla group’s negotiator Pablo Catatumbo announced Wednesday that the FARC is willing to take responsibility for victims reparation, saying that “FARC must face its victims.”

Later in the statement, the negotiator said “We have the absolute willingness to contribute,” leaving it unclear as to exactly how much responsibility the FARC will be assuming.

MORE: We take responsibility for victim reparations: FARC

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