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The key to successful peace talks, in the case of Colombia as anywhere else, is to change and improve people’s daily existence, said Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center.
 
Arnson said the joint army-FARC project to identify and clear land mines was an example of this kind of effective peace, and another sign that the process was robust.
 
“The demining initiative was a very big breakthrough because it makes a huge difference in the safety of military personnel and civilians,” Arnson said, also praising Santos’ government for showing the Colombian public that even if talks have been long, they still have momentum.
 
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