Agence France-PresseMarch 21, 2013 15:16
Colombia's government on Thursday rejected calls by the leftist FARC guerrilla group to demilitarize rural areas in Colombia, saying that and other issues were beyond the scope of ongoing peace talks.
"The government is not going to start negotiating on new topics," peace talks representative Humberto De la Calle told reporters, as the two sides prepared to take an 11-day break.
"I'm referring, for example, to the issue raised by the FARC on 'demilitarizing the rural areas.' This issue is not part of the discussions," said De la Calle as he prepared to return to Bogota.