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Colombia, FARC say peace talks advancing

Colombia, FARC say peace talks advancing
Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:41 GMT
Source: reuters // Reuters

By Jeff Franks

HAVANA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Colombia and the Marxist FARC rebels said on Sunday their talks aimed at ending half a century of conflict are picking up the pace and making progress toward an agreement on land reform, a key point in the peace process.

Speaking as they ended their latest round of negotiations in the Cuban capital, negotiators signaled that the public acrimony they had displayed in recent weeks did not reflect what was happening behind closed doors.

Rodrigo Granda, a senior leader of the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said discussions were on the right track and moving "at the speed of a bullet train."

Lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle was more measured, but said "the pace has improved and we have to maintain and preserve it."


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