Colombian rebel chief offers talks with president-elect

15:23, July 31, 2010      

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The chief of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Friday offered talks with Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos to seek a political solution to the guerrilla group's 46-year-old fight with the government.

Alfonso Cano made the offer in a 30-minute three-part video posted on a website of the magazine of the National Secretariat of the FARC.

"We are developing with conviction our military and political plans, but without losing sight of the quest for peace," said Cano, whose real name is Guillermo Leon Saenz.

Cano stressed that his talks with Santos must lead to a democratic social system.

"We have to talk about the political system to achieve among all Colombians a system of democratic life, where we can all participate," he said.

He listed five key areas for discussion with the government,including military bases, human rights, ecological balance, the political system and economy.

Santos will take office on Aug. 7, replacing Alvaro Uribe, who has taken a tough line against the FARC.

Source: Xinhua


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