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Colombian government, FARC rebels scramble to save peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaking during a press conference at Narino Palace in Bogota on October 3, 2016Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened a new national dialogue Monday to seek peace with FARC rebels as both sides scrambled to revive a peace deal to end the half-century conflict. Monday’s announcement came after Santos — who has staked his legacy on ending the 52-year-old conflict — called an emergency meeting with leaders of the country’s political parties to try to chart a way forward after Sunday’s shock referendum defeat. The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Rodrigo Londono, meanwhile said in a video from Havana — where the peace talks were held — that the Marxist guerrillas, like the government, remained committed to an ongoing ceasefire.

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