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“The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, opened peace talks in Oslo with an attack on ‘oligarchs’ it says are looting the Andean nation’s mineral wealth, and said the country needs a new national army without U.S. influence.”

Government negotiating teams and the FARC in the press conference on Thursday.
Government negotiating teams and the FARC in the press conference on Thursday.
By Randall Woods, Matthew Bristow and Jonas Bergman

 

FARC spokesman, known by his alias Ivan Marquez, named billionaires Luis Carlos SarmientoAngulo and Alejandro Santo Domingo as examples of the country’s super rich it says are “sinking their claws” into Colombia’s oil, gold and coltan resources. Marquez, whose real name is Luciano Marin Arango, was speaking at a press conference outside Oslo today.

The member of FARC’s seven-member ruling council referred to oil firms as “vampires” and mentioned Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (PRE) and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU)

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