Colombia to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombian President, and freshly-crowned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Juan Manuel Santos and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group are to start peace talks, officials have said. The negotiations with the 2,000-strong National Liberation Army (ELN) will start on October 27 in Ecuador’s capital Quito, according to an agreement signed[…]

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Colombia’s FARC apologises for past kidnappings

Colombia’s Marxist FARC fighters have apologised for the “great pain” they caused by kidnapping thousands of people to finance half a century of conflict. FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, acknowledged in a video recording late on Sunday that it had taken captives over the years but would[…]

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Colombia and FARC sign historic ceasefire deal

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have signed a ceasefire, which includes the armed group laying down their arms after more than 50 years of conflict. Negotiators signed the ceasefire agreement on Thursday in the presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander[…]

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FARC agree to release captured general

The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people. A joint statement from Cuba and Norway, who helped broker the deal, said the two sides agreed “on the conditions for the release” of Colombian[…]

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Colombia talks on hold after general snatched

Authorities in Colombia have launched a massive search and rescue mission for an army general who they suspect was taken captive by FARC rebels, prompting the government to suspend critical peace talks. General Ruben Dario Alzate and two civilians were abducted on Sunday afternoon while travelling by motor boat along[…]

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