Santos: no guarantee of peace with ELN rebels by end of mandate

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during an AFP interview before the ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 in Oslo on December 10, 2016Hours before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he could offer no guarantees there would be a peace deal in place with ELN rebels before the end of his mandate in 2018. “I cannot guarantee that we will finish before the end of my mandate,” Santos told AFP in an interview in Oslo, referring to talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia’s second-largest rebel group after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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