FARC Guerrilla and Government of Colombia announce peace talks
In Havana, six representatives of the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos made an announcement that negotiations will begin in October in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, and then in Cuba to end 48 years of conflict.
In Havana was confirmed the start of a new negotiating process to pacify Colombia after nearly half a century of armed conflict.
The first talk of negotiations will take place in the first half of October in Oslo,Norway and later in Havana, where since February have taken place in secret exploratory talks that have allowed today announce the start of the process and establish a path for dialogue.
President Santos said the process will take not years but "months", there will be no "military concessions" to the guerrillas, while stressing that the security forces continue to fight to prevent the FARC may commit violent acts, not intended for high fire during the negotiation.
In his appearance with reporters in Havana, Cuba. The representatives of the FARC, five men and one woman, projected a video of Timoshenko which highlights the "invariable support of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" that "proved decisive in achieving this agreement" and thanks also to Cuba and Norway.
The governments of Norway and Cuba, who will act as guarantors of the process, lauded both parties for taking this step. For its part, the U.S. government congratulated Santos and called on the FARC to end its decades of drug trafficking and terrorism, and allow the Colombian people continue building a democratic, prosperous and just.
The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, warned both sides of the "grand challenges" that must be overcome and stressed that his country shared, at the same time emphasizes that: at the same time emphasizing that: We have assumed the role of organizer by desire of both parties. Norway offers to contribute the best possible way also in the below. We look forward to meeting with the parties in Oslo "
For its part, Colombia's second guerrilla National Liberation Army or ELN expressed his desire to integrated into the peace talks.