Uruguay President Jose Mujica made his first visit to Cuba during which he sat down for several hours with Fidel Casto to talk, among other things, about Colombia’s peace process.
Both men are intimately familiar with guerrilla combat — Castro as the leader of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, Mujica as a part of the Uruguayan Tupamara movement — so it was only natural that their conversation should drift toward the ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group, the FARC, in nearby Havana.
“We especially talked about peace in Colombia, and the need to help in whatever way possible,” said Mujica.
Castro’s brother, Cuban dictator Raul Castro, has supported the peace talks since the beginning of last year when he allowed FARC and government negotiators to use Cuban government facilities to begin their dialogue. Mujica has since been asked by the Colombian government to weigh in, but has not taken on a formal role.
- Mujica habló con Fidel Castro de paz en Colombia (El Espectador)