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Colombian President Hails 'Important Step' by FARC Rebels

Monday, 03 Nov 2014 11:43 AM

Colombian President Jose Manuel Santos on Monday hailed the decision by the FARC rebel group to acknowledge for the first time that it had hurt civilians, calling it "an important step".

During peace talks in Cuba with the Colombian government on Thursday, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said it had never targeted civilians but admitted they had been harmed through the excessive use of force or mistakes during 50 years of insurgency.

"We explicitly recognise that our actions have affected civilians at different times and circumstances during the war," the FARC said.

The admission from the 8,000-strong FARC comes as both sides discuss victim reparations following two years of peace talks in Cuba with Santos's centre-right government.

"It seems to me to be an important step and gesture. When the sides begin to assume responsibility that means that the talks are serious," Santos told Spanish news radio Cadena Ser in Madrid, where he is on an official visit.

Colombia's internal conflict has left 220,000 dead and displaced 5.3 million people, according to official figures.

The Colombian government has for a long time demanded FARC explicitly acknowledge their impact on civilians and has sought their commitment to provide reparations for the victims.

Santos is in Spain as part of a lightning tour of Europe where he will lobby for the creation of a European fund for the post-conflict period should his government clinch a historic deal with the FARC.

He heads to Belgium on Tuesday an will told talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday.

He will visit Portugal on Thursday and wrap up his European tour on Friday with stops in Paris and London.

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Colombian President Jose Manuel Santos on Monday hailed the decision by the FARC rebel group to acknowledge for the first time that it had hurt civilians, calling it an important step .During peace talks in Cuba with the Colombian government on Thursday, the Revolutionary...
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