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Peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the FARC) are at a critical point.
At meetings in the Cuban capital Havana, the rebel group described an unprecedented level of progress in resolving the decades-old conflict:
“Never before has a peace process advanced this much. The victims are victims of the conflict and, in this regard, the state has a responsibility whether by action or omission,” said the FARC’s lead negotiator Ivan Marquez.
Talks remain centred around land – a key issue for the FARC, which aims to protect the interests of poor, rural Colombians.
The government’s lead negotiator Humberto de la Calle said, “We know that we are in a key moment of the talks when results are necessary, that is, agrarian agreements that will permit us to continue on with the other points on the agenda.”
A joint statement issued by the two sides says headway has been made on matters including access to and use of land, registration of property and protection of natural reserves.