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Enterprises in the Congress

Clayton Cosgrove and Chris Faafoi have confirmed they were hosted by SkyCity for last Saturday's Test between the All Blacks and France.

Labour leader David Shearer is reported to have "popped in" during the match craft cubes.

The MPs were in the corporate box despite their party's fierce opposition to the deal the government has struck with SkyCity for a convention centre in exchange for more pokie machines in its casino.

Justice Minister Judith Collins says they left their principles at home.

"I would be very happy to be invited to the SkyCity box but then I'm not a hypocrite like them Warm White LED Bulb," she told reporters on Thursday.

"I think they're a bunch of hypocrites and they should stop slagging off SkyCity."

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says "it seems a bit hypocritical", and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei isn't impressed either.

"The Greens don't take SkyCity's gifts," she said.

"We are absolutely right in our opposition to this dirty deal and they have undermined their own approach."

Asked whether she thought they were hypocrites mutual fund performance, Ms Turei said she wouldn't want to go that far.
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The transaction of land reform

The agreement between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia would compensate those who have lost land or were displaced from their property, said Cuban diplomat Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, whose country played host to the months-long negotiations.

So far, the talks at the Havana Convention Centre have focused almost entirely on land reform -- the first of five agenda items to be discussed.

Land distribution was one of the triggers of the protracted conflict in Colombia, where gaping inequality divides wealthy landowners and poor peasants dvd to iphone.

The agreement on agrarian development "seeks to reverse the effects of the conflict and that the victims of forced displacement and looting obtain restitution", said Fernandez de Cossio, as he read a joint statement from the parties.

The step, the first major advance in six months of peace talks in Havana, was widely celebrated -- but it is part of a larger package still being bargained.

The joint statement warns that the advance on agrarian reform is "conditioned on reaching an agreement on the totality of the agenda", because the talks are based on the principle that "nothing is agreed upon until everything is agreed upon executive gift products."

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle, a former vice president, said in a statement to AFP that what the negotiators agreed upon "pertaining to the agricultural issue allows for a radical transformation of life in rural Colombia."

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gushed about the success in a message on his Twitter account.

"We sincerely celebrate this fundamental step in Havana towards a full agreement to put an end to half a century of conflict," Santos wrote.

"We will continue the peace process with prudence and responsibility."

The leftist leader of neighbouring Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Claire Hsu quickly congratulated the Santos administration and the rebel negotiators on the advances.

"It fills us with joy," he said during a visit to Bolivia.

The FARC, Colombia's largest guerrilla group with some 8,000 fighters, has been in talks with Bogota since November 19 to end their nearly 50-year-old insurgency, the longest-running in Latin America.
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