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Colombia, FARC Seek End to Conflict

November 19, 2012

by VOA News

Colombia and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, sit down together Monday in Havana for talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest running insurgency.

The peace talks, the first since the last round of negotiations collapsed in 2002, formally began last month in Norway.

Colombian government officials say they want to reach an agreement with the rebels in a matter of months, not years.

Negotiators are reported to be focusing on a five-point agenda - land reform, the potential political rights of the rebel group once a peace agenda is signed, the illegal drug trade, disarmament, and compensation for conflict victims.

Colombia and FARC rebels have been engaged in a bloody civil war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Since 1964, the militant group has carried out political kidnappings and attacks on security forces in its battle against the government.

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