Colombia May See US Prisoner at Peace Talks

By Dialogo
October 12, 2012

Guerrilla leader Simón Trinidad, who spends his days behind bars inside a U.S. prison, could virtually participate in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), if Washington approves the petition, announced Colombian Minister of Justice Ruth Stella Correa, on October 10.

Trinidad’s involvement in the peace talks, which are set to initiate next week in Oslo, “could be possible through virtual means. In other words, it could be done by teleconferencing,” the minister told the press after a public event in Bogotá.

“It would be legally possible, if the U.S. government authorizes his participation, since he (Trinidad) is under their disposition,” he specified.

A month ago, the FARC chose Trinidad as one of their main negotiators in the peace process.

The 62-year old guerrilla, whose real name is Ricardo Palmera, is serving a 60-year prison sentence for the kidnapping in Colombia of three U.S. contractors who were released in 2008.

Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC – the fourth instance in the last 30 years – are scheduled to start next week in Oslo, and later on they will transfer to Havana (Cuba).