Colombian rebels want U.S. to participate in peace talks

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By Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC rebels asked for the United States to join its peace talks with the Colombian government, saying on Friday it would speed up the process because Washington was making all the important decisions anyway. The U.S. State Department said it disagreed with FARC’s assessment and was unaware of any effort to join the talks. Colombia did not respond to the request, which it would likely reject on grounds of national sovereignty. “We are discussing a matter of interest for the United States,” Ivan Marquez, head of the FARC’s negotiating team in Havana, told reporters before entering the latest round of talks.