Colombia peace talks renew with focus on drugs

HAVANA (AP) - Colombian guerrillas and government negotiators have resumed peace talks in Havana with discussions turning to the country's entrenched drug trade.

It's the third of the talks' six-item agenda. This month, the two sides reached a partial agreement on the rebels' political participation after a peace deal is struck. And earlier this year, an accord on agrarian issues was announced.

Ivan Marquez is the nom de guerre of a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Marquez says punitive measures should not fall primarily on the weak links in the narco-chain _ drug consumers and farmers who grow coca leaf, the base ingredient for cocaine.

He spoke Thursday in Havana, where the talks started last year.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Bad Idea
    The man behind a staged child abduction apologizes for scaring young kids, parents

  • Oso Clean
    An army of volunteers is making sure mudslide searchers get to put on warm, dry clothes

  • Vacation Time
    Two airlines are battling for your business and you're the winner
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.