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Colombian Guerrillas and Government Resume Peace Talks in Havana

Havana, October 9 (RHC)-- Representatives of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces – Peoples Army, FARC-EP, and from the Government led by President Juan Manuel Santos resumed in Havana the fifth round of peace talks, keynoted by strong criticism by the guerrillas to what they termed as sharpshooting actions by Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon to the peace effort.

The head of the Guerrilla delegation Ivan Marquez said that Minister Pinzon has consistently been an obstinate sharpshooter against the peace process as he denies the rebels their condition as political opponents to government policies.

The Colombian guerrilla chief said the Defense Ministry continues with its old tactics of chastising all of those who criticize the violent excesses of power that Pinzon is noted for.

According to Marquez, Minister Pinzon is not in line with the attitudes assumed by the current Government of Colombia, since he is following the violent course of events previously pushed forwards by the previous Government of Colombia, headed former president Alvaro Uribe, whom the Guerrilla chief described as the main enemy of peace.

The Minister is sponsoring a project at the House of Representatives that would criminalize any protest against Government policies by civilians, just as the recent nation-wide stoppage by farmers who demand better prices for produce.

The Government should enhance social policies instead of resorting to the criminalization of legitimate protests, said the guerrilla chief.

The current cycle of talks in Havana is due to end on October 16th.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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