Farc negotiator wants constitutional change

Fri, Nov 16, 2012, 00:00

The top Farc rebel negotiator wants a national assembly to change the constitution once a peace deal is reached with the government, according to an interview on a left-wing website published yesterday.

Talks to bring an end to Latin America’s longest-running insurgency will begin in Cuba on Monday when Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by its Spanish acronym Farc, sit down for the first round of a five-point peace agenda.

Negotiations were supposed to start this week but were delayed so negotiators could work on details including the participation of civil society and other groups.

Ivan Marquez, head of the Farc negotiating team, said that citizens should have a voice at the table, which would give any agreement more legitimacy, and that a peace deal would also need to have “legal and constitutional” force.