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Colombia Peace Talks Resume with Focus on Conflict's Victims

  • The FARC delegation in Havana for the peace talks.

    The FARC delegation in Havana for the peace talks. | Photo: EFE

Published 3 May 2015
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The FARC guerrilla group has proposed a special commission to investigate crimes committed during the conflict.

A new round of the Colombian peace talks in Havana, Cuba, resumed on Sunday.

The first day of talks was marked by the proposal of a truth commission made to investigate crimes committed during the decades-old conflict.

According to the proposal, the commission will not have judicial jurisdiction but would be able to access secret state documents.

The government and FARC delegations also discussed the issue of glyphosate, after the Colombian health ministry confirmed the chemical was linked with cancer and other health issues.

The health ministry recommended the government to halt its glysophate-based drug eradication campaign.

Earlier in April, the World Health Organization issued a report warning about glysophate as a probable cause of cancer.

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Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon and Attorney General Alejandro Ordoñez expressed their rejection regarding the health ministry's recommendations.

The guerrilla delegation also raised concerns regarding recent threats against human rights activists by members of the Colombian army and paramilitary groups.
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