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BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombia's government and Marxist rebels are releasing parts of a draft peace agreement to deflect criticism that the country's democratic institutions are being redrawn behind people's backs.
The more than 60 pages of documents published Wednesday come from three of the six agenda items on which the two sides have already agreed: agrarian reform, political participation for demobilized rebels, and how to jointly combat illicit drugs.
Opponents of the talks have accused President Juan Manuel Santos of overlooking atrocities committed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and ceding their leaders too much power in closed-door talks in Cuba.
Santos said in New York on Wednesday that by being more transparent, negotiators hope to counter what he called misleading information spread by groups opposed to the talks.