Kerry urges progress on Colombia peace talks

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) speaks next to US Secretary of State John Kerry during a press conference in Bogota, on December 12, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas Friday to make faster progress in peace talks and said the United States would try to help. Kerry warned that further delays would only complicate the two-year-old peace negotiations, the most promising effort yet to end the 50-year-old conflict. “The longer it takes, the harder it will be,” he told journalists after meeting with two government peace negotiators and President Juan Manuel Santos during a visit to Colombia. He said the Colombian leader has asked the United States — a vocal supporter of the talks — for help reaching a timely deal.

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