Havana – The government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) are taking a break in talks today, a recess the parties use for reviewing what have been discussed in the process.
As usual since talks began in this capital on November 19, the delegations of the guerrilla and the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos have worked for three days at the Havana’s Conference Center before a 24-hour break.
The recess is intended, according to the parties, to conduct internal consultations and assess the progress of talks focused on the agricultural issue, in which the government and the FARC-EP recognize progresses.
The talks in the sixth cycle began on Monday, March 11, focused on the issue of land, considered key for achieving a stable and lasting peace in Colombia, a country ravaged by decades of armed conflict.
During the current period, the insurgent forces continued with the presentation of proposals to improve the situation in the South American country.
The FARC-EP advocated yesterday for the guarantee of a universal rural basic income, endowment with sufficient land to smallholders and landless peasants, labor protection, massive job generation, and income enhancement, among other initiatives.
In earlier days, the guerrillas proposed the recognition of the right to land of indigenous, black communities, and other settlements.
The FARC-EP also expressed optimism about the peace talks, and reiterated their demand for the presence at the negotiation table of guerrilla Simon Trinidad, imprisoned in the United States after his extradition in 2004.
The government and the FARC-EP develop an approach as of a six-item agenda, among which highlight, in addition of the land issue, the problem of drug trafficking, political participation, and care to victims of more than 50 years of hostilities.
The talks have Cuba and Norway as guarantors, while Venezuela and Chile act as companions.