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BOGOTA — A brother of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has revealed that the country’s largest guerrilla group initially had proposed to hold peace talks within Colombia or in neighboring Venezuela, rather than in Cuba.
Representatives of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began discussions in Havana on Nov. 19 seeking a deal to end the country’s decades-old conflict.
They are taking a holiday break and are to resume talks Jan. 14.
Mr. Santos, a journalist and former director of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, is not a member of the team involved in the current talks, though he has acted as an adviser to the government negotiators.
He revealed details of earlier discussions with the rebels starting in February 2011. He said he has been involved “in an irreversible way in this process.”
“At the time of picking him up, he appeared guarded by more than 50 men armed to the teeth. In the end there was crying by women guerrillas and a farewell ceremony. That was the first big achievement: getting Jaramillo to Havana. That process lasted nearly a year.”
Mr. Santos said he and others arrived in Havana on Feb. 23, 2011, ahead of their first contacts with the guerrillas, and that after sitting together about 70 times, they finally signed a preliminary accord in August 2012 to launch the peace talks.
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