COLOMBIA'S 11TH PEACE TALKS END WITHOUT ACCORD

12 Jul 2013 11:19

HAVANA, July 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- The 11th round of peace talks between Colombia’s government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group ended Tuesday with no agreement reached on the issue of political participation.

A spokesman for the rebel group acknowledged that the round of talks of the second chapter that started two weeks ago had failed to yet produce any concrete results.

“There are still contrary positions and there is a debate, that should not scare us,” the rebel negotiator said.

The guerrilla group continued to release their proposals on the issue of political participation throughout this round of negotiations, and continue to stress the need for a restructuring of the Colombian state and armed forces and a constituent assembly to endorse and protect a final peace agreement.

However, the spokesman said the FARC had relaxed their position on the constituent assembly, seeing it as one of numerous options.

In a joint statement, the delegations of the government and rebel group stated that each side had presented their overview of political participation, and that proposals were exchanged on the first sub point “rights and guarantees for the exercise of a political opposition” and in particular, for new movements arising after signing the final agreement.

Both delegations heard the views of two independent experts on the field of political participation, while Colombian groups were invited to share their proposals online.

The 12th round of peace talks will begin on July 22.

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