Preliminary Meeting between Colombia and FARC

By Dialogo
November 07, 2012

Delegates of the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) held on November 6 a meeting to “officially prepare” the peace talks to start on November 15 in Havana, the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported on November 5.

“FARC and Colombian Government delegates will meet in Havana on Tuesday, to formally arrange the peace talks,” stated a source from the guerrillas, quoted by Prensa Latina.

The source explained that “the meeting that was previously arranged for November 5 – as agreed in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, on October 18 – was postponed for the morning of November 6,” without specifying the reasons for the postponement.
Neither the Colombian Embassy, nor the FARC representatives in Havana gave further details about the meeting.

The government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC, formally agreed on the talks in Oslo, but the peace negotiations will be held in Havana on November 15, with a five-point agenda: the agrarian issues, guarantees of political participation, illicit drugs, disarmament, and victims.

The government delegation for negotiations, which will take place without a ceasefire, is headed by former Colombian vice president Humberto de la Calle, while Iván Márquez, FARC number two, leads the guerrillas’ delegation.

The peace process intends to put an end to the internal armed conflict that started half a century ago, and it will have Norway and Cuba as guarantors, while Venezuela and Chile will act as chaperones.

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