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Colombia peace talks renew with focus on drugs

Updated at: 11/28/2013 12:35 PM
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(AP) HAVANA - 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.

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