jueves, 6 de septiembre de 2012

Colombian guerrillas killed in army operation

A police and military attack on a FARC camp in northern Colombia on 4 September killed 15 or more guerrillas, many of whom were apparently buried to death in a landslide that occurred during the raid, Spanish television and EFE reported on 6 September. One of those killed in the assault in the Hacarí locality near the Venezuelan border was a commander dubbed "Danilo García," head of Front 33 of the FARC and considered close to its supreme leader "Timoshenko." Authorities recovered his body and two others of 15 guerrillas thought buried in the landslide, Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told journalists in Bogotá on 5 September.

Colombia names its peace negotiators

A former vice-president was to lead the team of negotiators who would begin talks in October with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) intended to end decades of internal conflict, the Colombian broadcaster Caracol reported on 5 September. The state and FARC guerrillas began "exploratory" talks in Havana on 23 February and signed a document on 26 August confirming future negotiations, to be hosted by Norway and Cuba. FARC envoys in Havana declared on 6 September that talks would begin on 8 October. President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón said in Bogotá on 4 September that five negotiators would talk and five others would attend as observers, though these he said could change. The negotiators named were: the former vice-president Humberto de la Calle Lombana as chief negotiator, the former deputy-minister of defence and presidential security adviser Sergio Jaramillo Caro, retired army and police generals Jorge Enrique Mora Rangel and Óscar Naranjo Trujillo, and Frank Pearl González, a former High Commissioner for Peace and environment minister in 2011-12. An industrialist Luis Carlos Villegas, president of the National Association of Businessmen, was also named as part of the team. Separately representatives of the FARC named their negotiating team in Havana on 6 September, including two senior guerrillas dubbed "Iván Márquez" and "José Santrich," RTVE reported. The FARC's representative in Havana Mauricio Jaramillo said they would propose a "bilateral ceasefire" when talks begin.