FARC and Colombian Government Optimistic about Peace Talks.
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) – After the breakdown of negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba in January, both have recently expressed optimism about renewed peace talks. Although the FARC ended a unilaterally declared cease-fire in January 2013 because the government of President Juan Manuel Santos refused to also declare a cease-fire, the level of violence between the government and the FARC has remained relatively low.
On Tuesday the chief negotiator of the FARC, Ivan Marquez, declared that the peace talks with the government where advancing in spite of rifts related to the latest kidnappings. Marquez added, that the peace talks, in his opinion, are making more progress than ever before. Marquez also stated, that the process to release two soldiers and one police officer, who had been captured by the FARC is also making progress.
Also on Tuesday, Colombia´s President Juan Manuel Santos stated, that the peace talks between the government and the FARC are going well.
In a press release on Sunday, the FARC warned that the Colombian Ultra Right was doing all in its power to derail the peace process and to force a military solution on both the FARC and the Colombian government. In the press release, the leader of the FARC, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry warned that both internal and external forces were at play in attempts to derail the peace process.
The Colombian Ultra Right militants have for a long time enjoyed the covert support of United States intelligence services and major multinational corporations.