facebook
twitter
search
search

FARC calls for peace through struggle

Dec. 31, 2012 at 5:16 PM

BOGOTA, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels Monday issued a video message touting peace through "struggle and mobilization."

Colombia Reports said the New Year's Eve message was posted on YouTube but then removed as government forces said at least five FARC guerrillas were killed in a military offensive in southwestern Colombia.

"We expect 2013 to be a year of political, economic and social gains, through struggle and mobilization," chief negotiator "Ivan Marquez" said.

The video was shot in Cuba, where FARC -- the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- and government representatives have been negotiating an end to the half-century-old conflict, Colombia Reports said. The negotiations have been suspended since Christmas.

Meanwhile, government forces and rebels battled for 12 hours on the border of Cauca and Huila departments. In addition to the five dead, 11 rebels were injured.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
U.S. airstrike kills one of first Islamic State members in Syria
Former Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachyov suing kremlin for $15 billlion
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
July 4 terror threats an annual but necessary ritual, experts say