Colombian government, FARC to begin talks in Oslo

The Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group have agreed to begin peace talks on Oct. 15, Cuban press reported Tuesday.

The government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group agreed to begin the peace talks on Oct. 15 in Norwegian capital Oslo, Cuban official news agency Prensa Latina quoted a joint statement as saying.

They also agreed to issue a public announcement on Oct. 17, the statement said.

The talks were originally scheduled to start next Monday, but were postponed for a week, the statement said, adding the talks would then move to Cuban capital Havana.

On Aug. 27, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the beginning of peace talks between his government and the FARC guerrilla group to end internal armed conflicts that have lasted for some 50 years.

Norway and Cuba would participate as hosts of the talks, while Venezuela and Chile would be “attendants,” Santos said.

Venezuela’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States Roy Chaderton would represent President Hugo Chavez in the peace talks, he added.

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