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Colombian Government, FARC Welcome Conclusion on Drug Forums
Prensa Latina / Sunday 1 December 2013
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Delegations of the guerrillas and the Colombian government engaged in peace talks in Havana received Nov 29 the conclusion of the forums held in that country on the "Solution to the Problem of Illicit Drugs."

This was reported by both parties in a joint statement, which also announced that formal delivery was conducted by representatives of the Office of the United Nations in Colombia and the Center of Thinking for Peace, in the National University, who traveled to the headquarters of the talks.

In these forums, held in Bogotá and San José del Guaviare in September and October, were involved more than 1,300 people from more than 550 social organizations around the country.

Delegations welcomed the arrival to the talks of these proposals, which will enrich the discussions on this topic that started in this cycle of the conversations, the statement added.

Representatives of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) began Nov. 28 discussion of the fourth item on the agenda of the talks and the third in the discussion, referred to the problem of illicit drugs.

In late May, the peace talks achieved a first partial agreement on agricultural issues. This month they reached the second agreement of this type, in which both sides got to consensus on the future political participation of FARC in civic life in Colombia.