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ELN rebels say Colombian army ops threaten talks

The Colombian government demanded proof from the rebels that Odin Sanchez (pictured), who voluntarily went into ELN custody in April to take the place of his brother, was still aliveColombia’s ELN rebels said Friday that military operations in one of their strongholds were endangering the life of a hostage and the prospects for stalled peace talks. The warning came as President Juan Manuel Santos seeks to implement a peace deal signed Thursday with a larger rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and revive the aborted talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN). Planned talks with the ELN broke down last month before they could start after the rebels failed to release hostage ex-congressman Odin Sanchez.

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