"What the Colombian government demands of the guerrilla is that they free all the hostages without condition, that they cease the activity of kidnapping, and that of planting land mines, and they cease the recruitment of children, which is a modern expression of slavery. Moreover they must be able to demonstrate to the Colombian public that violence is senseless," Garzon said.
The government also argued that it preferred bilateral, rather than multilateral, negotiations. This isn't a tenable position, however, given the fact that the conflict spills over into neighboring countries. Like it or not, it's a regional problem.