Colombia grapples with setbacks in peace efforts

Colombians march for peace in Bogota, on October 20, 2016Colombia’s government claims progress toward saving a peace deal with FARC rebels, but efforts to open talks with another guerrilla group, the ELN, remain suspended over a hostage dispute. President Juan Manuel Santos said recently he aimed for a “complete peace” through deals with both groups after half a century of war. An accord with the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) was meant to crown a historic agreement signed last month with Colombia’s biggest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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