The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

Colombian government and FARC kick off Oslo peace talks


OSLO (AFP) - Colombian government representatives and leftist rebels FARC kick off their first peace negotiations in a decade in Norway on Thursday in a bid to end almost 50 years of bloodshed.

The negotiations will be held at an undisclosed location near Oslo, before moving to Havana next week for a second round of talks.

The two sides are scheduled to hold a press conference at 3:00 pm (9pm Sg time) in a hotel in Hurdal, a small town north of Oslo, to officially kick off the negotiations.

The Colombian government has voiced cautious optimism about a deal.