New Envoy to the FARC Peace Talks? Miss Universe

Guerrillas would like to take Paulina Vega up on offer to attend Havana talks
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2015 12:58 PM CST
New Envoy to the FARC Peace Talks? Miss Universe
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega poses during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Last month, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe. This month, the guerrilla rebels that have been locked in a bloody fight with her nation's government for a half-century said they would like her to sit down at the negotiating table and end the conflict. As Reuters reports, Vega had said she'd like to attend talks between the two parties in Havana, and on Friday the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia invited her to put her money where her mouth is: "We read with interest about your desire to contribute with your good offices to peace and reconciliation of the Colombian people," FARC said in a message posted online. "We welcome your willingness to travel to Havana and we invite you" to the Havana talks. Further, "Be assured that we are willing to address your concerns and consider your views a valuable contribution to peace." There is as yet no response from Vega, notes NPR. Reuters notes that the two sides have already agreed on three of five points. (More FARC stories.)

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