FARC says Colombia peace talks not in ‘limbo’

The head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) delegation holding peace talks with the Colombian government, commander Ivan Marquez, delivers a speech during a press conference in Havana on May 27, 2014Colombia’s FARC rebels on Tuesday denied peace talks with the government had been put in “limbo” by the country’s presidential vote, which largely hinges on how to handle the Marxist rebels. Incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos, who has staked his political future on the bid to end Latin America’s longest insurgency, came second in Sunday’s first round vote. His rival Oscar Zuluaga, a fierce critic of the peace talks that have gone on for 18 months in Cuba, finished first on Sunday with 29.3 percent of the vote to 25.7 percent for Santos, forcing a June 15 run-off. That is not our impression,” the head negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Ivan Marquez, said in Cuba as the guerrilla group marked the 50th anniversary of its founding.

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