FARC and Colombian Government Acknowledge Coincidences in Agricultural Issues

By Dialogo
January 25, 2013

In letters sent to Venezuela and Chile, countries accompanying the peace process, the FARC acknowledged on January 23 the “lucky coincidences” with the Colombian government on agrarian issues that the two sides discussed during peace talks in Havana, Cuba.

In a letter to Milenko Skoknic, delegate of the Chilean government, the guerrillas said they found common ground with the government about “the miserable situation that our country has produced in the unjust structure of land tenure.”

The letter to Skoknic was posted on the FARC delegation’s blog, accompanied by a similar one addressed to Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Roy Chaderton.

In the letter addressed to Chaderton, the insurgents expressed their “desire for improved health, welfare and long life for President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias,” who is recovering in Havana after his fourth cancer operation.

The land problem is the Gordian Knot for the peace talks, as it is directly related to the other four points (illegal drugs, political participation, abandoning weapons and reparation to victims) from the talks’ agenda in Havana.