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Rebels suspend peace talks
with Colombian government

Deutsche Presse-Agentur [Germany], by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/24/2013 2:59:20 AM

Havana - The leftist Colombian rebel group FARC on Friday suspended peace talks with the Colombian government to evaluate a proposal calling for a referendum on a peace agreement. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said they needed to evaluate the proposal submitted to Congress Thursday by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos calling for a potential peace agreement to be the subject of a referendum in March or May 2014. They stressed, however, that they were not withdrawing from the negotiating table. "The peace delegation has decided to take a break in talks

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After fifty years of hiding out in the jungles of Columbia, one can´t possibly believe that FARC is "educated" enough to remember "why" they are still fighting. That is, unless it´s just to kill soldiers in uniforms.

      


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Rebels suspend peace talks
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Deutsche Presse-Agentur [Germany], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/24/2013 2:59:20 AM     Post Reply
Havana - The leftist Colombian rebel group FARC on Friday suspended peace talks with the Colombian government to evaluate a proposal calling for a referendum on a peace agreement. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said they needed to evaluate the proposal submitted to Congress Thursday by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos calling for a potential peace agreement to be the subject of a referendum in March or May 2014. They stressed, however, that they were not withdrawing from the negotiating table. "The peace delegation has decided to take a break in talks

   

 

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