Colombian government, FARC restart peace talks in Havana

2013-05-15 19:12:09 GMT2013-05-16 03:12:09(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HAVANA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group restarted their peace talks Wednesday in Havana, after almost two weeks of recess.

"Today we restart talks with great will to advance. We trust the government's delegation will come here with the same spirit and will," said commander Pablo Catatumbo, member of the FARC delegation, at Havana's Convention Palace, the permanent seat of the talks in Cuba.

Catatumbo said in a statement read out to the press that the FARC reaffirmed Colombia needs a "structural and deep land reform", the first of the five-point agenda of peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC, on which it is expected that both sides reach an agreement during this round of talks.

Catatumbo added that the FARC has "full expectations and wish to begin soon with the second point," which is about the guerrilla' s political participation.

On Wednesday, when the peace talks restarted, the official delegation led by former Vice President Humberto de la Calle did not made any statement to the press.

The current ninth round, which is scheduled to end on May 25, began after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos appealed to his envoys to speed up peace talks.

The two sides, kicking off peace talks last November, have expressed satisfaction over the progress made during the last round of talks held in Havana in late April and early May.

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