Colombia: Santos Calls For Acceleration Of FARC Peace Talks


“We said clearly that we agreed on a date, March 23, and it was not a unilateral decision, but established with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia)… I ask that the negotiations be accelerated. Even Timochenko – leader of the guerrilla – said in Havana that if there was the political will we could sign before March 23, and I think the same”, President Juan Manuel Santos told reporters in regard to the peace process in Cuba from the Philippine capital Manila, where he is attending the XXIII Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

“It is not the government’s fault if the peace process slows, since we have all the interest and will to reach an accord as soon as possible,” added Santos, responding to a reporter on what would happen if no peace deal is signed on March 23.

“We have already said that if they want a bilateral and definitive cease-fire we must advance on all the aspects that this concerns,” stressed the President.


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