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ELN rebels confirm Colombia peace talks

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 00:57

Colombia's government and the country's second largest rebel group, ELN, have announced the start of peace talks. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Colombia's government and the country's second-biggest rebel group announced on Monday they were starting peace talks. The ELN rebels released hostage Nelson Alarcon the same day as a sign of co-operation. It's not clear how many more they still hold. The two sides announced the talks at a news conference in the Venezuelan capital. It's a boost for Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos after the rejection of his peace deal with the larger FARC guerrilla group. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week for his efforts to end Colombia's 52-year-old conflict. The ELN has been involved in on-off talks with the government since 2014 on how the two sides would conduct peace negotiations and what would be on the table. But it's remained active during that time, taking part in kidnappings and bomb attacks on oil installations.

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ELN rebels confirm Colombia peace talks

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 00:57