Latin American Program in the News: Colombia peace talks off to touchy start

Oct 18, 2012
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The Miami Herald

BOGOTA -- The nation’s largest guerrilla group and government officials formally launched peace talks Thursday in an event that underscored deep divides even as it held the promise of bringing an end to the hemisphere’s longest civil conflict.

After months of secret talks and growing expectations in this war-weary nation, the chief negotiators for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and the government said they would begin tackling the five-point peace agenda on Nov. 15 in Cuba…

…“I don’t know of a peace process in the world that hasn’t faced the issue of what to do with people who have committed war crimes and terrible violations of human rights,” said Cynthia Arnson, the Latin America Program Director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “The question is how to both maximize the chances for peace and maximize the chances for justice.”

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