FARC Rebels Optimistic After Initial Peace Talks

Still early days


Marxist FARC rebels and Colombian government negotiators have wrapped up the first round of talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running insurgency.

The issues covered at the peace talks in Havana included the political and legal future of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), drug trafficking and compensation for victims of violence.

Ricardo Tellez, negotiating for FARC told journalists it was still early for a breakthrough.

"Very serious, deep matters were covered. These (peace talks) have just started, 11 days would be a long time to build a small house but to build just dialogue it's normal, it's the start. There was even space to laugh, for a joke," he said.