Colombia peace talks to resume next week

Colombian peace talks designed to end Latin America’s last and oldest insurgency will resume next week after a month’s recess, the two sides said.

The FARC leftist rebels and the Bogota government said in a joint statement issued in Havana, which is hosting the talks, that the discussions will resume April 23. The negotiations have been in recess since March 21.

The talks, which began November 19, so far have addressed only the first item on a five-point agenda — land reform.

Land distribution was one of the triggers of the decades-old conflict Colombia, where there is gaping inequality that divides wealthy landowners and poor peasants.

The FARC — the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — is the country’s largest leftist guerrilla group, and the insurgency it has waged since 1964 is the oldest in Latin America.

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