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Colombia, Rebels Make Major Progress in Peace Talks

  • VOA News

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.