Government admits there’s been progress, but process needs to speed up

Another round of talks between Farc and the Colombian Government came to a close in Havana, Cuba. The parts agreed on the need to extend land access to farmers and develop proposals that will help them out of poverty. The Government will not, however, budge on the issue of a ceasefire and refused to suspend military operations.

The head of the Government’s negotiating team, Humberto de la Calle, stressed the need to speed up the process as agricultural development is only the first of six issues on the peace process’ agenda. De la Calle agreed that progress was indeed made but that there are still “notorious differences” that stand out.

Both parts agree that the country’s rural areas need to be transformed, he explained, “but if we don’t reclaim these vast regions where the armed conflict took roots for the country and its residents then we run the risk of it happening all over again.”

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