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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 02:59 AM

Colombia peace talks to start October 15: FARC

Source: Radio Netherlands

Colombia peace talks to start October 15: FARC
Published on 2 October 2012 - 4:20am

Talks between Colombia's government and the leftist FARC rebels -- aimed at ending one of Latin America's oldest conflicts -- are set to begin on October 15, the group said.

The statement sent to reporters in Havana, Cuba, where the parties met to negotiate the terms of the peace talks also said "the national government and the FARC ... will make a public announcement on October 17 in the city of Oslo, Norway."

An earlier announcement from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had said the negotiations were to begin in Oslo on October 8, before continuing in Havana.

The emailed statement was accompanied by an open letter from the FARC to one of its commanders, Simon Trinidad, serving a 60-year sentence in the US for kidnapping three Americans, whom the FARC listed as one of the negotiators for the Oslo talks.

Read more: http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/colombia-peace-talks-start-october-15-farc

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