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Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

Colombian victims of the armed conflict Angela Maria Giraldo and Jose Antequera hold a press conference on August 16, 2014, in Havana, during peace-talks between FARC-EP members and Colombian government delegationVictims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for “truth” to form the foundation of any accord. A woman whose disabled son was kidnapped and murdered by soldiers was among a group of witnesses to testify at the peace talks. “This is an unprecedented step of immense significance,” President Juan Manuel Santos said in Bogota ahead of the testimony, the first time victims of Colombia’s five-decade armed conflict have addressed the talks. The dozen witnesses — the first of a group of 60 who will testify — include people who have lost loved ones in some of the worst massacres that have rocked Colombia in recent years.

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