Colombia Peace Talks
Colombian government representatives and the country’s largest guerrilla group have put their peace talks on hold because of holidays. This decision has been taken on Friday without reaching any agreement on what kind of country they are willing to have after 21 days and going through more than 11 hours of negotiations.
The negotiators as well as the government delegation from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC are been sitting across the table since November 19. They are looking forward for a deal that will end the country’s decade old rivalry and violence.
But recent reports says that they are still working on the first point of their six-item agenda and both the sides insisted talks and their talks are developing in a very respectful ambience. But Friday’s interactions with the journalists showed some major differences.
Chief negotiator for Colombian President, Humberto de la Calle said that the government does not require changing the social model. That is the reason why they all have said that they are not negotiating Colombia’s model of development.
He also said that the two sides are still working on the same agreement under which FARC will definitely lay down its arms and will become a political and social organization. Then the guerillas started to talk. Lead negotiator of their team said that the FARC believes that it is necessary to control the national problems and it is necessary to unjust the structures urgently. He added that if the team does not want to fight then they can take back their causes.
Lead negotiator Marquez said that Columbia needs social justice and also equality for a true peace. In the past few weeks, both the sides have made some headaway by promoting an forum in Bagota and also setting up a website.