Colombia says crucial moment for FARC peace talks

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Posted: Mar 01, 2013 1:24 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian government delegates at peace talks with the hemisphere's largest guerrilla army say negotiations are at a critical juncture and must yield concrete results.

Humberto de la Calle is chief of the government negotiating team. He says talks have advanced on the recovery of illegally held terrain and landless rural families gaining access to plots.

De la Calle says talks are still centered on agrarian issues, the first on the six-item agenda. He says the government recognizes that the rebels' stance on victims of the decades-old conflict has evolved, and adds that this is a "crucial moment" for peace in Colombia.

De la Calle spoke Friday at the close of the third round of talks, underway since last fall in Havana. They will resume March 11.