Colombia postpones ELN talks over hostage dispute

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took a hard line on October 27, 2016, by suspending talks with the ELN after the rebel group failed to release former congressman Odin SanchezColombian President Juan Manuel Santos postponed peace talks with the ELN rebels Thursday just hours before they were due to open, insisting they first release an ex-lawmaker being held hostage. The government’s top peace negotiator, Juan Camilo Restrepo, later said an operation was under way for the leftist guerrillas to hand Sanchez over to the Red Cross. “I reiterate all the government’s readiness and willingness to advance with this process,” Santos said in a speech.

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