Colombian Government Delegates Head to Cuba to Resume Talks with FARC

By Dialogo
August 20, 2013

The Colombian government delegation, currently under negotiations with the FARC and headed by former Vice President Humberto de la Calle, traveled from Bogotá to Havana on August 18, in order to resume talks with the guerrillas, official sources reported.

After a brief scheduled recess, the government and guerrillas will return to the negotiation table in order to discuss the guerrilla’s political participation, the second point on the agenda.

De la Calle traveled to Havana with the High Commissioner for Peace, Sergio Jaramillo, and delegates Jorge Enrique Mora, Frank Pearl and Luis Carlos Villegas.

On August 16, President Juan Manuel Santos appointed Villegas the new Colombian ambassador in the United States without specifying the date on which he will take office and whether or not he will continue negotiating with the FARC once he assumes his post in Washington.

In late June, government delegations and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) came to an agreement over the agrarian issue, the first of the five points in the negotiation agenda.

After discussing political participation, they will address the issues of illicit drugs, disarmaments and victims’ reparations.