Colombia pushes for more momentum in peace talks
Bogota (AFP) Jan 13, 2013 – Colombia’s government wants to pick up the pace of its peace negotiations with Marxist FARC rebels, the chief government negotiator said Sunday ahead of the continuation of talks in Cuba. “We really need to get things moving. I want to make that known to people in general, as well as to the FARC,” former vice president Humberto de la Calle told reporters ahead of his departure for Havana. … more

Peace_by_LordSleeper_resizedEU to propose peace plan after Israel vote: report
Jerusalem (AFP) Jan 13, 2013 – The European Union is drawing up a detailed new plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and expects to present it after this month’s Israeli general election, Yediot Aharonot reported Sunday. Citing diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Israel’s top-selling daily said the plan was intended to “bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 lines with east J …more

US to speed up Afghan troop transition
Washington (AFP) Jan 12, 2013 – US President Barack Obama said Saturday that the US goal in Afghanistan was “within reach” as he vowed to move ahead with a timetable to end the 11-year-old military campaign and focus on a broad domestic agenda. “We’ve pushed the Taliban out of their strongholds,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “And our core objective – the reason we went to war in the first place – … more

Colombian government, rebels to resume peace talks
Bogota (AFP) Jan 12, 2013 – Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels resume peace talks in Cuba on Monday after a three-week break, under pressure to show results in the coming months to finally end their half-century-old conflict. The longtime rivals launched the negotiations in October, their fourth attempt in three decades to close a battle that has left 600,000 people dead, 15,000 missing and four million disp … more