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Colombia, Rebels Make Major Progress in Peace Talks

Representatives from Colombia's government negotiation team, left of center, and representatives from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, negotiation team, right side of table, issue a joint statement in front of a sign that reads in Span
The Colombian government and rebel negotiators have reached a fundamental agreement to allow the rebels to take part in national politics once they end their insurgency.

The deal was announced Wednesday in Havana and is part of the year-long peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Both sides call the agreement a democratic opening that will lead the way to a lasting peace.

The peace talks, sponsored by Cuba and Norway, cover a number of major issues, including convincing the rebels to disarm.

FARC has been fighting a 50-year-long guerilla war against the Colombian government. It partially finances its war through drug trafficking and frequently kidnaps foreigners and Colombian officials.