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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:44 AM

Colombia, FARC peace talks off to good start: rebel

Source: Reuters

Peace negotiations between Colombia and Marxist guerrillas are off to a good start in Cuba, a rebel negotiator said on Tuesday, after delays and rocky moments in the weeks before talks began to end Latin America's longest-running insurgency.

Tempered by a history of failure, Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, started discussions on Monday with rebels calling a unilateral truce, boosting hopes for an end after nearly 50 years of fighting.

Rebel negotiator Jesus Santrich, wearing a gray jacket and dark neck scarf, told reporters outside a Havana convention center that the first session on Monday went smoothly.

"We're moving ahead at a good pace, on the right track and trying to make sure of the full participation of the public," he said in brief comments before entering the second day of talks.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/colombia-farc-peace-talks-off-good-start-rebel-162644001.html



This effort bears watching.

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