Colombian peace talks delayed again

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UPDATED: Delegations from both the Colombian government and the guerrilla group FARC postponed their departure for Oslo early this week, reportedly because of bad weather that disrupted airline traffic in Central- and South America. It was initially unclear when the delegations would arrive in Oslo to start their latest, and possibly conclusive, session of peace talks.

The FARC delegation, meanwhile, is not complete and reportedly remains concerned over immunity because of international arrest orders. One report from Colombia, however, indicated the government delegation may arrive late Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, which is hosting the talks in Oslo, told news bureau NTB that they were still hoping to hold a scheduled press conference on Wednesday, but ministry officials later said that would be put off until Thursday at the earliest. FARC’s negotiations leader was expected to leave for Oslo later on Tuesday, and arrive Wednesday. Talks would begin Thursday and the two sides may meet the press later that day.

The delegations were supposed to arrive in Oslo on Sunday, with talks beginning on Monday. The talks had been postponed as well, when Colombia’s president had to undergo an operation for prostate cancer.

newsinenglish.no staff