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Colombia's lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and Colombia's FARC lead negotiator Ivan Marquez (R) shake hands in Havana, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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FINSTADJORDET, Norway (Reuters) - The Colombian government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are making progress in peace talks, and a deal to end Latin America's longest-running conflict is in sight, Norway's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

"We're making progress in Colombia and I think we hopefully are close to a deal," Borge Brende told a conflict-resolution seminar.

Norway and Cuba mediate the talks. The five-decade conflict in Colombia has cost at least 220,000 lives.

(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Writing by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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