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Farc 'supremely optimistic' about peace talks

13 September 2012 Last updated at 09:31 BST

A senior member of Colombia's oldest and largest armed insurgent group, the Farc, has told the BBC's Sarah Rainsford he is "supremely optimistic" about a new round of peace talks due to start next month.

But, in a rare interview, Rodrigo Granda expressed no regret for the tens of thousands of people killed and kidnapped during the longest running conflict in Latin America.

Speaking from Havana, he insisted that the Farc had not agreed to talks because it is beaten, militarily, but said that the conflict could be stopped if the government was willing to address its root causes.

The first talks will take place in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on 8 October.

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