October 24, 2016

Colombia government, FARC close to peace deal – mediator Norway

A FARC rebel monitors the delivery of released hostages from a cocoa plantation in Monte Alegre province, in the department of Valle del Cauca

The Colombian government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are making progress in peace talks, and a deal to end Latin America’s longest-running conflict is in sight, Norway’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

“We’re making progress in Colombia and I think we hopefully are close to a deal,” Borge Brende told a conflict-resolution seminar.

Norway and Cuba mediate the talks. The five-decade conflict in Colombia has cost at least 220,000 lives.

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