Colombian government to open talks with FARC

Colombia’s main leftist rebel group, FARC, has agreed to the start of talks to end a half-century-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Colombian president has said.

President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Tuesday that his government will open peace talks in Oslo next month with the FARC.

The talks “will begin in Oslo in the first half of October” before moving to Havana afterwards, Santos said, adding that the talks “will be measured in months, not years”.

He made the announcement at a press conference in Havana called by the Cuban government on Tuesday morning.

Santos said the agreement does not include a cease-fire and does not include the granting of a safe haven, as occurred in the last peace talks, which ended in disaster in 2002.

Santos announced last week that preliminary talks to end the confrontation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, already have been held.

At least some of the formal discussions are expected to take place in Cuba, whose communist government has mediated in past peace efforts and maintains surprisingly good relations with Colombia’s conservative government.

The sides have agreed to open talks in Oslo, Norway, with Havana serving as the main seat of the peace process, according to a report by RCN Radio of Colombia, which is run by a cousin of Colombia’s president and has published what it says is the text of the preliminary agreement between Santos’ government and the FARC.

Colombia’s Farc rebel group says it will request a ceasefire once peace negotiations begin with the government.

High-ranking commander Mauricio Jaramillo told reporters in the Cuban capital, Havana, that the group wanted to disarm if conditions were right.

The truce demand could be a sticking point as the government has insisted military operations against the rebels will continue despite the talks.

They are scheduled to open in Oslo, Norway on 8 October.

The ground-breaking talks – the first direct negotiations in a decade – will then move to Cuba.

The government delegation to the talks will be led by former Vice President Humberto de la Calle and include former heads of the armed forces and police, a business leader and the peace commissioner.

The last attempt to end the five-decade-old conflict resulted in failure 10 years ago.


this has been going on for years..dont hold your breath this time..


~ by seeker401 on September 10, 2012.

4 Responses to “Colombian government to open talks with FARC”

  1. Whenever I hear someone talking about FARC Guerrillas, what I always hear is “Fart Gorillas”.


  2. Colombia: Farc’s truce ‘threatened by military action’

    Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, says the unilateral truce it declared last month is being threatened by the army’s continuing attacks.

    The Colombian government and the Farc have been engaged in peace talks in Cuba since November 2012.

    The rebels have called for a bilateral ceasefire during the talks, which are aimed at ending more than five decades of conflict.

    But the government has refused, saying the Farc would used the truce to rearm.

    On 20 December, the left-wing rebels declared a cessation of all military action for an indefinite period of time, in an unprecedented move.

    It should become a formal armistice and would only end if they were attacked, they said.

    On previous occasions, the Farc declared brief truces, usually over a period of a few weeks around the Christmas holidays.

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