Colombia: FARC Says US ‘Fundamental’ In Peace Process
The United States has played a “key role” in the Colombian peace process, admitted Iván Márquez, the head negotiator for the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in the peace talks hosted in Havana, Cuba.
The guerrilla leader stressed the importance of a US involvement, specifying that the contacts between the armed group and Washington have been “systematic” over the past months.
The peace process, added Márquez, “doesn’t foresee any stalling”, he confirmed, ensuring intention of signing a peace deal with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos within the next six months, emphasizing the “harmonious atmosphere” of the talks.
Márquez also stated that, once demobilized, the former rebels will accept the rules of political participation to promote “urgent political reforms, especially in the electoral system”.