Colombia and Farc rebels chart course for peace talks
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, have laid out details of their planned peace talks.
In a televised address, Mr Santos said there was “a real opportunity to end the conflict”.
Farc leader Rodrigo Londono later issued a video message saying the rebels would continue to negotiate until peace had been achieved.
The talks are to begin in Norway next month and then move to Cuba.
Flanked by the commanders of the armed forces and the police, President Santos asked Colombians to give the peace process a chance.
He said that as president, he could not let pass an opportunity to end the 48-year-old conflict, “especially in light of the millions of people who had suffered”.
Mr Santos said the peace process would not be easy.
In a reference to the last round of negotiations which ended in failure 10 years ago, he stressed that there would be no ceasefire and no safe haven for the rebels this time.
Pictured: President Juan Manuel Santos addressed the nation from the presidential palace in Bogota