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Next round postponed in Colombia peace talks

The next round of talks between Colombia and the leftist FARC rebels -- planned for November 18 -- has been postponed, a government source said Sunday. "By common consent, it was decided to postpone the start of this round of talks, because they asked for more time to work on the issue of illegal drugs," the source said. "I do not yet have a precise date" for when the talks will resume in Cuba, he added. The postponement comes two days before the process was set to mark the one-year anniversary since the talks began on November 19, 2012.

Colombia, rebels reach agreement on key peace issue

Colombia's government and the FARC guerrilla group reached agreement Wednesday on the rebels' participation in politics once they end their near 50-year insurgency, the two sides announced. "We have reached fundamental agreement on the second point of the agenda," they said in a joint statement read out in Havana by a Cuban diplomat, Rodolfo Benitez. The rebels' return to politics was one of five agenda points under negotiation in year-long peace talks between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach agreement on political participation

HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels have reached an agreement on the critical issue of the guerrillas' future in politics, the two sides said on Tuesday in what could be a key step forward in their peace talks to end their decades-long war. The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been fighting the government in a jungle and urban conflict that has killed more than 200,000 people since it began almost five decades ago as a peasant movement seeking land reform.

Breakthrough eyed in Colombia peace talks: Norway TV

The government of Colombia and FARC rebels were set to announce Wednesday a deal on reintegrating the leftist guerrilla group into the country's political life, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said. It said a press conference was due to be held in Havana -- where peace talks have been going on for almost a year -- to announce a "breakthrough", without giving its sources.

Colombia rebels to release engineer abducted 16 months ago

Bogota, Nov 5 (EFE).- Colombia's ELN rebel group on Tuesday announced its decision to release "for humanitarian reasons" an agronomy engineer it kidnapped on July 30, 2012. "Before constituting the humanitarian commission" tasked with receiving the engineer, the ELN said it is awaiting "a pronouncement" from the La Sierra Agriculture Company, the Chilean firm for which Leon Andres Montes Ceballos works. The insurgents demand that the company leave Colombia.

Colombia ELN rebels prepare to free another captive

Colombia's leftist ELN rebel group said Tuesday it was willing to free an engineer they have held captive for more than a year, while calling for the Chilean company he works for to leave the country. In a statement published on its web site, the ELN said it had decided to release Andres Montes on "humanitarian grounds," though it insisted the captive was "in good health." But the rebel group said it is also waiting for a statement from the Sierra Agricultural Company, where Montes worked, "before forming the humanitarian commission charged with receiving him."

Colombia ELN rebels release three hostages: Red Cross

A Colombian leftist guerrilla group, the ELN, on Monday freed three oil workers who had been kidnapped September 10, the Red Cross said. The hostages -- Ever Arnulfo Morera Cabrera, Nelson Carreno Becerra and Yesit Francisco Galindo Mesa -- were brought to the town of Fortul, near the border with Venezuela. "As a committee, we are very happy to confirm the liberation," Patricia Rey, spokeswoman for the International Committee for the Red Cross, told AFP.

Colombian rebels free 3 oil contractors

Bogota, Nov 4 (EFE).- Colombia's ELN rebel group on Monday released three oil contractors the guerrillas grabbed in September, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The three captives were handed over in a rural area of the northeastern province of Arauca, bordering on Venezuela, and after being given a medical exam, they were taken to Arauca city, the regional capital, "where they could be reunited with their families," according to a communique from the ICRC.

Colombia, FARC signal progress in peace talks

The Colombian government and the leftist guerrilla group FARC said Thursday they were extending their latest round of peace negotiations, signaling progress on a key issue in the year-old talks. The sides agreed to continue talking until Monday "with the objective of advancing the discussion and building an agreement on the second point of the agenda," a FARC representative Marcos Calarca said. Negotiators have been trying to reach agreement on how former rebels should be reintegrated into the country's political life once their nearly 50-year-old insurgency ends.

Colombia, FARC signal progress in peace talks

The Colombian government and the leftist guerrilla group FARC said Thursday they were extending their latest round of peace negotiations, signaling progress on a key issue in the year-old talks. The sides agreed to continue talking until Monday "with the objective of advancing the discussion and building an agreement on the second point of the agenda," a FARC representative Marcos Calarca said. Negotiators have been trying to reach agreement on how former rebels should be reintegrated into the country's political life once their nearly 50-year-old insurgency ends.
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