Colombian Govt and FARC Reach Agreement on First Stage of Peace Talks
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The Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas
announced here Sunday that they have reached an
agreement on the issue of land, the first point on
the agenda created for the peace talks they are
pursuing in the Cuban capital.
Foto: FARC Guerillas
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The agreement was made public in a formal ceremony
at the Conventions Palace in Havana in the
presence of negotiators from the Colombian
government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC, as well as representatives of
the talks’ guarantor nations of Cuba and Norway
and observer states Venezuela and Chile.
The parties reached agreement on issues such as
access to and use of land, idle or unproductive
land, determining property rights and protection of
the Reserve Zone, according to a joint communique.
Colombia and the FARC also reached consensus on
development programs with a territorial focus,
infrastructure and rural social development in
areas such as health care, education, housing and
the eradication of poverty.
The joint communique said that the agreement is
“the start of radical transformations in
Colombia’s rural and agrarian reality with equity
and democracy,” and it “focuses on the people, the
small producer, access and distribution of land
and the fight against poverty, stimulating
agricultural production and reactivating the rural
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the
accord was a “fundamental step toward a full
agreement to put an end to half a century of
conflict,” and Colombian Senate chief Roy Barreras
called it “a great historic and irreversible step.”
(Click here for an article in Spanish on this subject.)
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