Colombia: Government, guerrilla group resume peace talks

Source: SFGate

“The Colombian government and the South American country’s largest remaining guerrilla group resumed peace talks Monday, breaking a roughly four-year hiatus during which the rebels have expanded the territory where they operate. Neighboring Venezuela, whose government resumed diplomatic relations with Colombia only a few months ago, hosted the representatives of the National Liberation Army and the government of President Gustavo Petro. The discussions in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, came more than a month after the rebels and Petro’s government announced the resumption of negotiations. The delegates in a joint declaration stated they had gathered to restart political dialogue ‘with full political and ethical will, as demanded by the people of rural and urban territories that suffer from violence and exclusion, and other sectors of society.’ They added that they are willing to ‘build peace based on a democracy with justice.'” (11/21/22)