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Colombia president says government ready for peace talks with ELN

Article - September 12, 2013
The government continues its dialogue with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in Cuba, which generated a highly acclaimed initial agreement between both parties on rural matters
JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, COLOMBIA'S PRESIDENT

The two sides reached this partial agreement in Havana on rural development, the first issue on a five-point agenda, and are now negotiating terms of how the rebels will be incorporated into the political system. 

They also will seek agreement on the drug trade, reparation of victims and an end to the conflict. Last week the government declared intentions to begin talks with the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) “albeit in a different place to Havana”, as Mr Garzon explained to the public, confirming that both tables of talks will be held separately. 


The negotiations have been made possible thanks to the Legal Framework for Peace which was approved in Congress last year and that modified the constitution laying the foundation for punishment of war crimes, reparations for victims and eventual peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. 

As the Vice President sums up, “peace will suit the Colombian people and it suits all countries in the region being the most important geo-political event we may live in the region.”

  8 COMMENTS



Lucy Carr-Boyd
13/09/2013  |  2:10
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After 9 months of talks, the country is closer to a peace deal than ever before.

Adaeke Ajuluchukwu
16/09/2013  |  3:28
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may peace in Colombia become a reality

Hildigard Lightfoot
16/09/2013  |  3:39
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Good luck. best wishes for the people of Colombia.

Ivano Gallo
16/09/2013  |  4:05
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Il popolo colombiano devono credere nella visione di questo grande uomo.

Leila Barros Alves
16/09/2013  |  21:42
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USA is going to have to work hard to recover confidence from Santos and Rousseff after the spying scandal.

Georgia Hurst
18/09/2013  |  23:49
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First make peace with the FARC and then you'll be ready for ELN... honestly...

Raja Jeevarathinam
23/09/2013  |  16:56
100% of 1

Santos has the right vision

Shalom
23/09/2013  |  17:46
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We have to end all wars, eliminate violence n the whole world