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Colombian gov't, FARC to resume peace talks in Cuba


13:44, January 14, 2013

Humberto de la Calle, the head of the Colombian government peace negotiation team, speaks during a press conference in Bogota, capital of Colombia, on Jan. 13, 2013. Peace talks between Colombia's government delegation and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) delegates will resume on Monday in Havana, Cuba. (Xinhua)

BOGOTA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are ready to continue their talks in Cuba on Monday to end the country's five-decade-old armed conflict.

Former Colombian President Humberto de la Calle would head the government delegation.

Before leaving for Havana on Sunday, he said the new round of talks will be marked by the same sense of "responsibility and commitment" that have characterized the negotiations since October.

"We have all the willingness to make progress," said de la Calle. "We would continue with the proposition, as instructed by President Juan Manuel Santos, that this process cannot go on indefinitely."

The envoy said there was no strict timetable for agreements on each item of the agenda, but it was necessary to make progress.

The talks, suspended over the holidays, are to resume on Monday with the most important topics on agrarian reform and rural development.

"At this moment, we are already in deep, concrete discussions on each one of the specific topics," said de la Calle.

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