Colombia peace talks resume after breakthrough


HAVANA: The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks Friday after signing a partial deal that President Juan Manuel Santos vowed would pave the way to peace within six months. Negotiators returned to the table at the talks in Havana buoyed by the recent deal, which establishes how justice will be meted out for crimes committed during the five-decade conflict. The deal, which would create special courts and impose maximum sentences of eight years for those who admit their crimes, was hailed by both sides as a major breakthrough when it was signed on September 23. But as the nearly three-year-old peace talks resumed in the Cuban capital, the two sides had different messages on the road ahead. A government negotiator said the justice deal was a “document under construction” that still needed to be finalized by lawyers from both sides. The FARC, however, have declared that discussion on the justice issue is now “closed.”



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