Colombia peace talks restart in Havana

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 9:30 AM

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian rebels and the country's government have restarted peace talks in Havana, with both sides saying they want to step up the pace after a month-long recess.

Negotiators have said they are close to an agreement on the first point of contention — land reform.

Ivan Marquez, the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's negotiating team, said Tuesday that the peace process is "irreversible."

Humberto de la Calle, the government's top negotiator, says he hopes the FARC will look favorably on the government's latest proposal on land reform, details of which have not been made public.

The talks began in October in Oslo, Norway and have continued in Havana ever since. Cuba and Norway are acting as guarantors in the latest effort to end Colombia's half-century old insurgency.

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