The Columbian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the Farc) have said that progress is being made at the 12th round of negotiations, being held in Havana, Cuba.
Both sides say that concrete proposals have been discussed and that they are building agreement on the rebels’ participation in Columbian politics. A deal on land reform has already been concluded.
Humberto de la Calle, the lead negotiator for the Colombian government, said: “We are discussing the political participation of the Farc because we expect that from the moment of the signing of the accords, they give up their guns, and demobilize. Step by step we expect to reach this accord in order for the conflict to end. Step by step we are giving peace a chance.”
The conflict has been ongoing for five decades and is estimated to have claimed more than 600,000 lives. Now, the Columbian government says it would like to conclude a negotiated peace by the end of the year. The talks have broad support in Columbia where tens of thousands of people took to the streets in April to show their support for the peace process.