Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed that his government is holding talks with Colombia’s largest, and Latin America’s longest-surviving, rebel group, the Farc.
Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) was founded in 1964. Its aim was to bring into force a Marxist regime. However, over the years it has lost political clarity and is more strongly associated with narco-trafficking and narco-related violence.
In a televised broadcast from the presidential palace Mr. Santos said he was fulfilling his “duty to seek peace” and that he and his government would earn from the mistakes of his predecessors. According to Telesur, the regional media network, negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC met recently in Havana, Cuba and signed a preliminary agreement ahead of peace talks planned for October in Oslo, Norway. President Santos also said he will consider talks with the country’s second biggest rebel group the ELN (National Liberation Army).
Mr Santos added that the military would continue its operations “throughout every centimeter” of Colombia while talks went ahead and that he had no intention of starting the talks if he felt they may fail.