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Colombian rebels outline plan for reducing coca

January 14, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s largest guerrilla group is laying out its vision for reducing illegal cultivation of the coca plant, the key ingredient in cocaine.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is proposing a multifaceted plan that includes the demilitarization of parts of the countryside, resulting in “war exclusion zones” to protect the civilian population.

A FARC statement also calls for suspending aerial anti-coca plant fumigation as well as a halt to mining and hydrocarbon exploitation.

Jorge Torres is a FARC leader who goes by the nom de guerre Pablo Catatumbo. He read the communique to reporters Tuesday in Havana, where peace talks with the Colombian government have been taking place for more than a year.

Discussions are currently centered on Colombia’s entrenched drug trade.

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