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Colombian peace talks to begin on 15 October, say rebels

Representatives of Colombia’s FARC rebel group said that peace talks with the Andean nation’s government will begin on 15 October, a week later than originally announced.

Rebel negotiator Rodrigo Granda read from Havana on the Colombian station Blu Radio a communique he said was signed by both the FARC and the Colombian government.

He referred to the ‘commitment signed’ on 26 August in Havana which led to the general accord for ending the conflict and building a stable, lasting peace, which set the stage for a roundtable of dialogue to be opened in Oslo, with negotiations to be moved later to Cuba.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had previously said that the meeting in the Norwegian capital would be 8 October, but last weekend some Colombian media broke the news that the date would be postponed.

Shortly before that, another FARC negotiator, Marco Leon Calarca, told EFE in an interview that ‘in the first two weeks of this month’ formal talks would begin. The Colombian government and the FARC are beginning the third peace process in almost 50 years.


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