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Bogota, rebels reach deal on those missing in Colombia conflict

FARC commander Pastor Alape (C) and head of the Colombian delegation for peace talks Humberto de la Calle (L) shake hands during a press conference in Havana, on October 17, 2015The Colombian government and FARC rebels reached a deal Saturday on searching for the thousands missing and presumed dead in their decades-long conflict, in a further step toward peace, diplomats said. The fighting between the two sides has killed more than 220,000 people and uprooted six million since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was launched in 1964 in the turbulent aftermath of a peasant uprising. It also sets up a special unit to focus on the task with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Colombia’s National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, he added.

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