Colombia says government, rebels in talks


BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday night said his government was in “exploratory discussions” to end more than four decades of conflict with the country’s largest rebel group.

In a short televised address, Santos said the government had engaged in discussion with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, but he did not disclose details such as where the talks were held.

Meetings have been held in Cuba, according to news reports and speculation. Santos reportedly has sent security adviser Sergio Jaramillo to Havana to talk with FARC representatives.

Colombian government officials had not acknowledged peace talks with the FARC since 2002, when the so-called Caguan peace initiative launched by President Andres Pastrana collapsed in bitterness and recriminations.


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