Colombia gov't, FARC delay peace talks until 3rd week in April

Havana, Mar 30 (EFE).- The peace delegations of the Colombian government and the FARC announced Saturday that the continuation of peace talks in Cuba, originally scheduled for April 2, will be delayed until the end of April. Meanwhile the two sides will work "separately" on pending elements of the agrarian problem.

The government and the guerrilla group said Saturday in a joint communique that "the delegations will dedicate the first two weeks of April to working separately on the remaining sub-topics of the first point" on the peace talks agenda: comprehensive agrarian development.

Negotiators for the Juan Manuel Santos government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, began their dialogue in November 2012 in Havana to put an end to the armed conflict that has not ceased for half a century.

The rural conflict is the origin of the armed confrontation and is considered the most complex of the six points on the negotiating agenda.

The next subject for discussion will be political participation, and for that the government and the FARC intend to organize a forum in Colombia to open a social debate on this topic, as they did in December about land use.

Other points awaiting discussion are the end of the armed conflict, the drug-trafficking problem, aid for victims and the verification and endorsement of agreements made at the negotiating table.


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