Colombian peace talks end year with praise for progress

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Humberto de la Calle, head of the Colombian delegation to the peace talks with the FARC-EP guerrillas gives a speech during a press conference, on December 20, 2013 in HavanaNegotiators concluded the year's last round of Colombian peace talks Friday with the chief government representative praising the progress made as "important and hopeful." "Never before have we advanced so much in terms of agreements with the FARC as we have on this occasion," said Humberto de la Calle, the lead government negotiator. "With all responsibility and without raising false hopes, I can say that the results achieved so far in the talks with the FARC are important and hopeful," he said. The government of President Juan Manuel Santos has been in peace talks with the FARC, the country's largest leftist rebel group, since November 2012.