From: "Stasi" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Subject: [Peoples War] Colombia: Gov't, Rebel FARC Resume Talks Amid Violent

Thursday, January 31, 2002 10:13 AM

      Colombian Gov't, Rebel FARC Resume Talks Amid Violent Attacks

      Xinhuanet 2002-01-31 10:16:38
         BOGOTA, January 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The Colombian government and the
      rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Wednesday
      resumed talks on an agreement envisioning a cease-fire and an end
      to hostilities by April 7.
         Wednesday's talks were held in the demilitarized zone in
      southern Colombia as violent attacks on public infrastructure
      escalated, which were blamed on the largest and oldest guerrilla
      group in Colombia.
         During the last 24 hours, FARC rebels allegedly detonated a car
      bomb in the capital of Bogota and attacked a naval base in the
      city of Arauca. Meanwhile, their offensives  left some 30
      casualties in southern Colombia.
         The situation made Colombian President Andrse Pastrana cut
      short his stay in Bolivia, where he was attending an extraordinary
      session of the Andean Community (CAN).
         Government High Commissioner for Peace Camilo Gomez did not
      take part in Wednesday's talks, as he was in Cuba for a three-day
      peace summit with the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country'
      s second largest rebel force.  Enditem

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