Peace talks to end almost 50 years of conflict...began between Colombian officials...and the FARC narco/oro terrorists...in a hotel in the small town of Hurdal, Norway.
Leading the Bogota delegation was Humberto de la Calle...with Ivan Marquez heading the 7 member FARC delegation.
They did not shake hands as talks began.
De la Calle expressed 'moderate optimism' abut reaching a deal after 3 failed previous attempts.
In the Colombian delegation...is classical scholar Sergio Jaramillo, 45...who for 7 months negotiated this peace meeting.
He is called Bogota's 'secret weapon'...and is profiled by the WSJ.
AND...TO READ: ...about current Norway peace talks...as FARC Marquez lashes out at oil and mining interests.