Bogota, FARC appeal for support for peace process

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Humberto de la Calle, head of the Colombian delegation to peace talks with the FARC, during a press conference in Havana on June 3, 2014Colombia’s government and the FARC rebel group called on the public Tuesday to support a peace process that is under challenge in the country’s closely contested presidential elections. The government’s chief negotiator and his rebel counterpart made the appeals as President Juan Manuel Santos’ running mate accused police officers of campaigning for his rival, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, a vehement opponent of the Havana negotiations. Humberto de la Calle, a former vice president who leads the government peace delegation, addressed Colombian soldiers and police in his remarks from Havana, urging them not to be taken in by what he said was an opposition disinformation campaign. Ivan Marquez, the top FARC negotiator, had a similar message.