FARC wants amnesty, rejects extradition

Sept. 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

BOGOTA, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Colombian guerilla group FARC, seeking a peace deal with the government, says it wants amnesty and pardons but rejects extradition to the United States.

Negotiators for FARC and the government are scheduled to begin talks in Norway Oct. 8, Colombia Reports said Monday.

FARC negotiator Andres Paris said his group wants amnesty and pardons from the government, and a legal means to transform to a political organization.

Bills pending in the Colombian legislature that defined the requirements for FARC to demobilize and be integrated back into the nation's society were not adequate for the group to give up its weapons, Paris said.

FARC would not accept extradition of some of its members to the United States, where they could face drug-smuggling and kidnapping charges, he said.

The government's head negotiator, Humberto de la Calle, sought to downplay the possibility of any immediate results from the talks, calling for Colombians to "dampen overflowing optimism."

In a column Sunday in the newspaper El Espectador, De la Calle said "it is recommendable to maintain temperance, to control the overflowing appetite for a magical solution."

FARC was formed in 1964.

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