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FARC, Colombian Gov't End Peace Talk Cycle
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) and the Government of that South American country will on Saturday conclude another round of peace talks that Cuba has hosted since November.
Both parties started this cycle of talks on July 28, focusing on the second item on the agenda, that is, political participation.
During this period, the guerrilla team continued developing its proposals on political participation for real democratization, peace with social justice and national reconciliation.
On Friday, for example, the insurgents proposed the creation of the Territorial Chamber to replace the current House of Representatives in Colombia.
Before beginning another day of talks, guerrilla team member Ricardo Tellez read a statement saying that the new institution is conceived as a fundamental part of the institutional organization of the legislature.
The objective is to ensure greater participation from local authorities in political, economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of the State, Tellez said at Havana's International Conference Center, the permanent venue of the talks.
The guerrillas also advocated promoting political and social participation of regions, local authorities and territories, based on criteria of real democracy and local autonomy.
As usual in recent cycles, the delegation from the Colombian Government only issued a statement at the beginning of the cycle.
Cuba and Norway are acting as guarantors in the dialogue between the two parties, and Venezuela and Chile are acting as companions.
The agenda of the talks includes, in addition of the agrarian issues (already discussed) and political participation (under discussion), other aspects such as care for victims, the drug problem and the end to the armed conflict.
[Source: Prensa Latina, Havana, 10Aug13]
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