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Colombian rebels demand huge area of land to poor

Monday, February 11, 2013

Colombia's largest rebel group FARC said Saturday it wants nine million hectares of agricultural land to be given to poor farmers as part of an eventual peace deal with the government.

According to chief FARC negotiator Ivan Marquez, the government has a duty to "settle its historic debt" which according to the FARC can be done by redistributing underused land or land that is seized from illegal armed groups and drug traffickers.

The land redistribution plans exposed by the FARC are similar to those of the United Nations, that in 2011 also called for land redistribution to decrease Colombia's high inequality rate and diminish the country's violence.

Source: Colombia Reports