Colombia, Segunda Marquetalia armed group will begin peace talks this month

By Thomson Reuters Jun 5, 2024 | 1:36 PM

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s government and the Segunda Marquetalia armed group said in a joint statement on Wednesday they will begin peace talks on June 24 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Segunda Marquetalia is a dissident faction of the now-demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Its leaders initially agreed to a 2016 peace deal that saw the FARC demobilize, but returned to arms citing unfulfilled promises in 2019.

The government and Segunda Marquetalia agreed to start a peace process in February.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb)