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Colombia peace talks enter new recess in Havana

September 19, 2013

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian government and guerrilla negotiators have concluded another round of peace talks in Havana with no new agreement to announce.

Talks have been focusing on what the rebels’ political participation will look like if a deal is struck to end the decades-old armed conflict.

Both sides are airing complaints.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia laments that a planned meeting in Cuba with a delegation of Colombian lawmakers has not yet taken place.

President Juan Manuel Santos’ chief negotiator says the guerrillas are creating distractions with “an excess of rhetoric” on matters that have nothing to do with the discussions.

Nevertheless, rebel and government representatives said in a joint statement Thursday that talks are set to resume Oct. 3.

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