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Colombia extends peace talks to second rebel force

Head negotiators from the Colombian government and the left-wing ELN, Frank Pearl (L) and Antonio Garcia respectively, shake hands as they begin peace talks at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas on March 30, 2016Colombia’s government launched peace negotiations Wednesday with the country’s second-biggest guerrilla group, the left-wing ELN, broadening the push to end the country’s bloody half-century conflict, officials said. The two sides “have agreed to set up public talks… in order to sign a final accord to end the armed conflict and agree on changes in search of peace and equity,” they said in a joint statement. Colombian government negotiator Frank Pearl and ELN commander Antonio Garcia read out the statement in a joint appearance after talks in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.

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