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

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Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's lead negotiator Marquez addresses the media during a conference in HavanaBy 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 Colombian government and the U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to the request, which was likely to be rejected by the Colombian government on the 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.