Peace talks resume

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 December 2014

On 3rd December 2014, after over two weeks during which peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government were suspended by the Colombian government, a joint declaration announced that the peace talks would begin again on 10th December 2014. Here is the joint declaration:

The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP, after jointly analyzing the events of the recent weeks, consider that the crisis has been overcome and report that:

1. We have agreed that the next round of talks will take place between December 10 and 17 in order to advance in the issue of de-escalation of the conflict in order to reach an agreement on it as soon as possible.

2. On December 15 we will receive the first delegation of organizations within the framework of the gender sub-commission.
3. On December 16 we will have the fifth and final hearing of victims of the conflict.
4. In the second half of January 2015, on a date to be determined, the work of the Conversation Table will resume.
5. The delegations are grateful to the guarantor countries Cuba and Norway, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross, for their support, which was crucial for the success of the recent releases, which were carried out smoothly and expeditiously, according to the agreements made by the delegations in Havana.
6. The delegations agreed to establish a permanent mechanism, through the guarantor countries, to facilitate the solution of eventual crises that may arise in the future.

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