History of the 2012 peace talks between Colombia's government and largest rebel group, the FARC
Created by colombiareports on Oct 2, 2012
Last updated: 11/19/12 at 07:23 AM
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Rebel group FARC announces a unilateral ceasefire on the first day of peace negotiations with the government.
The peace process between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas has been postponed until November 19, according to a government press release.
Dutch FARC guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer arrives in Cuba ahead of the peace talks that are set to begin on November 15.
Colombian Congressmen meet with organizations from the southwestern Nariño and Putumayo departments to hold the first Regional Peace Table meeting, meant to indirectly involve civilians with the peace talks.
U.S. President Barack Obama urges Colombia rebel group FARC to make peace with the government before addressing issues such as immigration and drug trafficking.
Representatives of Colombia's government en rebel group FARC announce the official beginning of formal peace talks during a joint press conference in a hotel just outside the Norwegian capital Oslo
The delegations of both Colombia's government and rebel group FARC arrive in Norway where negotiations will be held to end the country's almost half-a-century conflict.
The FARc announces that they have added Dutch guerrilla Tanja Nijmeijer to their delegation. The foreign rebel will join the representatives a week after the beginning of the talks, says the FARC.
Representatives of Colombia's government and largest rebel group FARC will officially launch the peace talks in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on October 17. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Veslemoy Lothe Salvesen told Colombia Reports that "the two parties will officially launch the peace talks on October 17 in Oslo."
The FARC ratified Juvenal Ovidio Ricardo Palmera, alias “Simon Trinidad,” as a negotiator with the Colombian government and the largest guerrilla group during peace talks which will begin in Norway in the first half of October.
Colombia's largest guerrilla group released a statement to the press Monday saying that the peace talks will be further postponed to October 15. FARC representatives announced that both sides also "agreed to make an unspecified 'public announcement' on the 17th" in the Norwegian capital Oslo, where talks are set to commence.
President Juan Manuel Santos recently sent "Resolution 339" to Colombia’s Prosecutor General and the National Police. The executive decree would suspend the outstanding arrest warrants against several high profile FARC representatives, such as Rodrigo Granda, due to arrive in Oslo this month for the much anticipated peace talks.
The government of President Hugo Chavez has named an experienced diplomat, Roy Chaderton, as Venezuela’s top representative at the forthcoming peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas, reported local media.
Originally planned to begin October 8, the peace talks between FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government to end the country's 48-year-old armed conflict were pushed back to October 14 because judicial authorities have been delayed in suspending arrest warrants of rebel negotiators.
Colombia's interior minister confirmed that an electoral reform the government plans to present to Congress still does not permit congressional seats for guerrilla group FARC, with whom the government is seeking a peace deal. Despite rumors of the new Electoral Code allowing the FARC's participation in politics, Interior Minister Fernando Carrillo has made it clear that the FARC's tentative participation in congress would be wholly based upon the outcome of the upcoming peace talks.
Peace talks will not begin on October 8 as initially planned, but later, reported newspaper El Espectardor. The delay is due to difficulties in lifting the arrest warrants of FARC negotiators.
The FARC announce that the oldest living founding member of the FARC, "Sargento Pascuas," will join the peace negotiation team.
The FARC reveals the names of nine of its negotiators.
Colombia's government has given a deadline of six to eight months to largest guerrilla group FARC to achieve advances in peace negotiations, reported Caracol Radio.
The FARC revealed the first names of the members who will represent the guerrilla group at the peace talks announced by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.
Peace negotiations between the Colombia government and the FARC will be taking place in both Norway and Cuba with representatives from Venezuela and Chile acting as guarantors, reported newspaper El Espectador.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States "welcomes" intentions between the Colombian government and FARC to begin peace talks.
In a press statement, the leader of Colombia's second largest guerrilla group ELN "Gabino" said his group is willing to take part in the peace talks during negotiations between the government and largest guerrilla group FARC.
Following rumors that talks were to begin in Norway in October, President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed in a televised speech that his government has agreed to talk to the FARC to negotiate an end to the 48-year-old conflict.
Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe reveals his successor, President Juan Manuel Santos, is holding peace talks with the FARC.