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Colombian president warns that peace talks with gang could fail

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President has warned that peace talks could fail if left-wing Farc rebels continue with attacks upon swearing in for a second term.

Santos’ victory was a resounding vote of confidence for the peace process which he started with the rebels in November of 2012.

Colombia has suffered more than five decades of conflict which has led to more than 200,000 deaths.

President Santos reiterated his commitment to peace talks at his inauguration ceremony in Bogota on Thursday.

He will be expected to reach a final agreement with the Farc, which has an estimated 7,500 active fighters.

He will also have to negotiate a peace deal with the National Liberation Army (ELN), a smaller left-wing guerrilla group which leads 2,500 rebels.

(Source: BBC World)

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