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Colombia Brings Civil Society, Land Reform Into Peace Talks

Carolina Ramirez Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

For the first time, Colombia’s civil society has been invited to contribute to peace negotiations between the government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with the discussion focused on the root cause of the country’s war: land reform.

Hosted by the United Nations and the National University of Colombia, the Forum for Integral Agrarian Development was held in Bogota from Dec. 17 to 19. Not only did the forum place land reform at the center of peace negotiations, at least for the moment, it also has the potential to give the peace process legitimacy in the eyes of a public that, after 50 years of conflict, remains skeptical of negotiations. ...

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