Negotiations between the Colombian government and protesters in Choco and Buenaventura have come to a standstill as the first round of talks failed to meet the demands of local communities.
Choco and Buenaventura residents, predominately Afro-Colombian, began civic strikes on May 10 and May 16 respectively, protesting for better living conditions and an end to state-sanctioned violence.
In Quibdo, the capital of Choco, discussions were temporarily suspended to give the government time to evaluate each proposal submitted by social movements, reported government official Alfonso Prada.
They will meet again on Thursday, he added, and hope to sign an agreement that will formally put an end to the civic strike.
As for Buenaventura, where residents are demanding that the government declare a state of social and economic emergency, the government argued that the constitution only contemplated such a state of emergency only in a situation of “immediacy," like after a natural disaster.