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Sunday February 24, 2013

Colombian President Will Abandon Peace Talks with Rebels if They Do Not Progress

Colombian President Will Abandon Peace Talks with Rebels if They Do Not Progress

Photo: Juan Manuel Santos

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that if peace talks with the FARC make no progress, “we’re getting up from the negotiating table,” adding that the guerrillas will not get the truce they are asking for.

“In the measure that we make progress, we’ll be satisfied. If we don’t make progress, we’re getting up from the negotiating table. I hope we keep going forward but meanwhile the rules of the game are very clear. There’s not going to be a truce here of any kind,” Santos told reporters after a meeting with leaders and inhabitants of Santa Barbara municipality in Antioquia province.

On Friday the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, through its maximum leader “Timochenko” or “Timoleon Jimenez,” criticized the Colombian government for giving land to peasants that had supposedly been taken over by rebels, which, he said, made it look very doubtful that Santos is genuinely seeking peace.

In the presentation of land to the peasants last Wednesday in Caqueta province, Santos said that “11 years later, instead of being robbed by the FARC, we are taking back from the FARC their ill-gotten lands and we’re giving farmer workers the land they should have and that belongs to them,” Santos said.

Meanwhile he identified Victor Julio Suarez Rojas, alias “Mono Jojoy,” as “one of the great landowners” of Colombia who made his fortune at the expense of the country.