[Translation of an article from El Colombiano of Medellín for May 16, 2013. See original here.]
By Daniel Rivera Marín
Sunday, April 19, marks six months since the government and FARC sat down in Havana, Cuba, to negotiate peace and the first item on the agenda has not been exhausted, although both sides expect that by the end of this cycle, which is the ninth, a first agreement can be announced.
And if not, analysts agree, a signal that is not very favorable will shape public opinion, considering that President Juan Manuel Santos has spoken of a short peace process, with negotiations beginning in November, 2012, and ending, supposedly, in November, 2013, while FARC has said repeatedly that no exact period can be set.
On this topic, Sergio Jaramillo, high commissioner of peace [in the Santos administration], said, “The government is not interested in talking with FARC in Havana forever; the government does not want to talk with FARC beyond this year. The government wants to arrive at the signing of a final accord that allows us to begin the phase of a transition to peace.” (more…)