Differences stall FARC peace talks

Mar 25, 2016, 1:42 PM EDT

The three-year long peace talks between the Colombian government and the Farc rebel group were bogged down this week, owing to certain important differences, said chief Colombian government negotiator, Humberto de la Calle. The statement came after the two sides missed a March 23rd deadline to sign a peace deal. He added that the government didn’t want to rush into a bad agreement.

Humberto said that both sides have agreed on several issues including land reform and justice for the victims of the conflict, assuring that mutual efforts will be made to reach a deal by the end of the year, writes the BBC. The media outlet reports that the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his countrymen would support the deal, thus bringing the rebels into the legal political process.

The key disagreement is regarding “how and where the rebels will demobilize and disarm” and on ensuring the security of demobilized rebels once they leave the army and participate in national politics, reports The Guardian. The media outlet cited a source, who on the condition of anonymity, said that the Colombian government wanted an “explicit” commitment from the Farc rebels that they would disarm.

The Farc’s chief negotiator, identified by the pseudonym Iván Márquez, issued a separate statement and informed about a “roadmap” proposed by the rebel negotiators to put a peaceful end to five decades of conflict, notes The Guardian.