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Colombian guerrillas resume peace talks with govt

English.news.cn   2013-04-24 05:26:55            

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Pablo Catatumbo, negotiator of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) delegation, attends a press conference in Havana, Cuba, on April 23, 2013. The Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group resumed peace talks here on Tuesday after a month-long recess. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez)

HAVANA, April 23 (Xinhua) --The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group resumed peace talks here on Tuesday after a month-long recess.

The peace talks, which began on Nov. 19 and went into recess on March 21 and entered the eighth round, aimed at ending half a century of armed conflict in the country.

Colombian government delegation led by former Vice President Humberto de la Calle attended the new round of talks.

"We want results. It is the instruction we have received from President Juan Manuel Santos, who continually pays attention to the progress of the talks. This is a process that cannot be prolonged indefinitely, and this we have made clear on the table," said Humberto de la Calle, top negotiator of the government.

He also hoped that the FARC will look favorably on the government's latest proposal on land reform, details of which have not been made public.

Meanwhile, Ivan Marquez, top negotiator for FARC, said the peace process is "irreversible".

"Now, we have appointed Trinidad as FARC's spokesperson and we hope the Colombian government begin talks with the United States to achieve its incorporation to the peace process," noted Marquez.

According to FARC's negotiator Pablo Catatumbo, they want to achieve the most important demand of the Colombian people in its history. Colombians want peace, democracy, dignity and social justice.

The other points of the peace talks include an end to armed conflicts, trafficking of illegal drugs, care for victims, and verification mechanisms to check the accords achieved during the talks.

The civil war in Colombia has lasted more than five decades, claiming 600,000 lives and leaving some 15,000 unaccounted for and almost 4 million displaced.

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Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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