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2006-02-27 16:49:59

HAVANA (Reuters) - Exploratory peace talks between the Colombian government and the country's second-largest Marxist guerrilla group ended on Monday with no agreement other than to meet again in April. Colombian peace commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo and leaders of the Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army, or ELN, said they would hold a third round of preliminary talks in Havana at the beginning of April. They hope to thrash out an agenda then for formal peace negotiations to...

2006-02-24 17:37:07

HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia agreed on Friday to suspend capture orders for two leaders of the country's second-largest Marxist guerrilla group in an effort to build trust in peace talks hosted by Cuba. The Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army, or ELN, which was founded in 1964 by radical students and Roman Catholic priests, said the provisional legal status given to its commanders, Antonio Garcia and Ramiro Vargas, cleared the way for formal negotiations. "Our delegation had not...

2006-02-07 13:34:38

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The "granddaddy" of Colombia's right-wing militias, who picked up a shotgun to protect his farm from Marxist rebels 29 years ago and now stands accused of drug smuggling, turned himself in to the government on Tuesday. The demobilization of Ramon Isaza and his 990-member fighting force brings to about 22,290 the number of paramilitary fighters that have surrendered their arms countrywide in a government peace accord. Paramilitaries...

2006-01-21 18:37:46

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Twelve Colombian politicians held by Marxist rebels since 2002 are asking neighboring Venezuela to help negotiate their freedom in a video released by the guerillas. The video, broadcast on Colombian television on Saturday, shows the former lawmakers from Valle de Cauca province asking the government of Venezuela to intervene on their behalf after nearly four years of being held in what one hostage calls the "life-consuming jungles of...

2006-01-20 20:29:46

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels planted landmines that killed four peasants, including a child, earlier this month in a farming community near a coca eradication project, Vice President Francisco Santos said on Friday. The mines, which badly injured four other people outside the town of Vista Hermosa, were meant to impede the advance of police involved in clearing crops used to make cocaine from La Macarena National Park, the first anti-coca program carried out in a...

2006-01-19 13:49:41

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's gunmen are casting a shadow over the country's coming elections, with the government ditching supporters suspected of links to far-right militias and accusing an opponent of conspiring with Marxist rebels. Polls predict right-wing President Alvaro Uribe will easily win a second four-year term in May's presidential vote thanks to military action against Marxist rebels fighting a four-decade-old war, and to falling violence and...

2006-01-13 19:20:10

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed at least six Marxist rebels in combat on Friday even as the leaders of the guerrilla group prepared for a second round of preliminary peace talks next month, the army said. The gunfight with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, Colombia's second-biggest insurgent group, took place when an army patrol encountered the guerrillas in the southwestern town of La Llanada near the Ecuadorean border. The government said the fight would...

2006-01-08 15:33:49

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The Colombian government on Sunday accused left-wing rebels of playing politics with the fate of 63 hostages, including a former presidential candidate and three Americans held by the guerrillas in secret jungle camps. President Alvaro Uribe last month accepted a proposal by France, Spain and Switzerland to break a deadlock with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, over starting talks on freeing jailed rebels in return...

2005-12-28 00:15:48

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Marxist rebels killed 28 Colombian soldiers on a mission to destroy coca plants on Tuesday, the worst blow against the military for years as tensions rise ahead of 2006 elections. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, attacked the soldiers near the town of Vista Hermosa in southern Meta province, an army spokesman said. The soldiers were providing security for another army team which was manually destroying the raw...

2005-12-19 15:44:25

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels released a video on Monday showing a former government minister they kidnapped five years ago asking officials to negotiate a hostage exchange. The video, in which a gaunt Fernando Araujo appeared with a small green parrot perched on his shoulder, was shot December 11, two days before the government offered to withdraw troops from around a small mountain town to set the stage for talks aimed at freeing 63 hostages in...


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