Colombian former vice president Humberto de la Calle said today that the first sub-section of the comprehensive agricultural development policy being discussed at the peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People”s Army and the Colombian government is about to be sealed.
In a meeting with the country’s Agricultural Society, the head of the government team in the dialogue process said that agreement on the more complex issue within that item, that of access to and use of land, is almost completed.
“I want to clarify that the remaining issues are more quantitative and correspond to a discussion that does not generate the kind of tension associated with the first item,” De la Calle said.
The land question, which both parties consider crucial to promoting regional integration and equitable development, has five sections, including social development which includes health, education, housing, poverty eradication, and food security.
“I want to be cautious and not to raise expectations,” said the politician, who has been accompanied by another member of his team at the roundtable discussions, the High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo.
During the meeting De la Calle thanked the Society of Farmers for their support at the agricultural policy forum organized by the United Nations in Bogota in December 2012.
The former vice president is reporting this week on the peace process. He will meet with labor unions tomorrow at the Presidential Palace.
After several weeks of recess, the guerrilla and the government will begin an eighth round of talks on April 18, in which Cuba and Venezuela are acting as guarantors, and Norway and Chile as companions.