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Colombian army, FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

The head of the Colombian delegation for the peace talks with FARC-EP, Humberto de la Calle, speaks during a press conference at the Convention Palace in Havana, on August 22, 2014Talks to end Colombia’s five-decade conflict entered what the government called a “decisive phase” Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire. The creation of the “subcommission” to propose the framework for an eventual ceasefire and disarmament marks the first time active combatants from both sides have come together around the same table during the nearly two-year-old peace negotiations. There’s a real possibility of ending the conflict,” said the government’s chief negotiator, Humberto de la Calle. “This week, we have put in march three enormously important mechanisms that are going to strengthen and guide the (government and rebel) delegations’ work in this decisive phase,” de la Calle said.

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