Colombia, FARC Make Breakthrough Deal

    Humberto de la Calle, right, head of Colombia's government peace negotiation team, accompanied by Sergio Jaramillo, second from right, greets members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, from left, Ricardo Tellez, Pablo Catatumbo and Ivan Marquez during their peace talks in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group announced on Sunday an agreement on land reform after more than half a year of slow-moving peace negotiations in the Cuban capital. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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    The Colombian government and the FARC rebels on Sunday reached a deal on land reform, the first of six points that could lead to a peace deal. The deal will create a “land fund” of illegally seized land or underused acres that will be put aside to be redistributed to landless peasants. Before the announcement, a FARC negotiator said both sides had worked for two days without sleep—an indicator of how badly everyone wants to end the 50-year- long conflict. FARC has been weakened by the ongoing struggle and is being propped up by drug trafficking and extortion, while the government hopes that ending the conflict will open the country up to international investment.

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