Land restitution law undermines rebels - Colombia’s Santos | Reuters
By Jack Kimball
Negotiations to end five decades of war started out bumpy this week when Ivan Marquez, lead negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, called Santos’ restitution law a “trap.
"When these gentlemen from the FARC say this law is a lie it’s because … they know full well that this is something that takes away from one of their propaganda banners," Santos said on his radio program.
One of the FARC’s main grievances since taking up arms in 1964 has been the unequal distribution of land, which has been concentrated in the hands of a few since the Spanish conquered the region around the 16th century.
Since coming to power in 2010, Santos’ government has pushed through reforms such as the restitution of land to displaced peasants. The move was seen as paving the way for peace talks with the rebels.