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Colombia peace talks resume in Cuba

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Colombian peace talks designed to end Latin America's last and oldest insurgency resumed Tuesday after a month's recess, the two sides said.

The FARC leftist rebels and the Bogota government each issued statements saying they were determined to reach an accord.

But the government side reiterated that the talks could not go indefinitely. And the rebel delegation said it was moving to pick up the pace by addressing points on a five-item agenda that have not yet been discussed.

The negotiations, being held in the Cuban capital Havana, have been in recess since March 21. Since they began November 19, only the first item on the agenda -- land reform -- has been addressed.

Land distribution was one of the triggers of the decades-old conflict in Colombia, where there is a gaping inequality that divides wealthy landowners and poor peasants.

The FARC -- the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- is the country's largest leftist guerrilla group, and the insurgency it has waged since 1964 is the oldest in Latin America.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/colombia-peace-talks-resume-cuba