Colombia leader sworn in vowing peace, warning rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech during the inauguration ceremony at the National Congress on August 7, 2014 in BogotaColombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned leftist rebels their attacks were threatening peace talks as he was sworn in Thursday for a second term dedicated to ending the country’s 50-year-old conflict. The center-right leader won a new four-year term in a June 15 runoff election widely viewed as a referendum on his pursuit of peace deals with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Listing a string of recent attacks, he accused the FARC of targeting the very infrastructure they have agreed to at the negotiations in Cuba, which opened in November 2012. “Who can understand that while we’re in Havana agreeing to build piped water systems, in Colombia the FARC is destroying those same water systems, as happened in Granada, or seriously damaging the water supply, as happened in Putumayo?” he asked.

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