Colombian negotiators reach Cuba for peace talks with rebels


HAVANA: Negotiators for the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in communist Cuba on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to resume peace talks with their country’s leftist rebels.

The team, led by former vice president Humberto de la Calle, is scheduled to sit down with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for talks starting Monday following an 11-day recess.

De la Calle did not talk to reporters upon arrival.

Negotiators for the Colombian government and the guerrillas have been in talks since November 2012 on reaching an agreement that would end a half-century of armed conflict.

Two of the negotiators’ six-point agenda have already been agreed upon. Currently both sides are discussing the issue of illegal drugs.

The FARC delegation, headed by lead negotiator Ivan Marquez, has remained in Cuba since the start of the talks.

Although president Santos has publicly said that he is optimistic about the outcome of the talks, a recent poll showed that 58 percent of Colombians are pesimistic about the outcome. AFP



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