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Warlords Meet with Chief Colombian Peace Negotiator

The Colombian government’s chief peace negotiator started a two-day meeting on Monday with far-right paramilitary warlords, who say they want a negotiated exit to the country’s four-decade-old war. A government source said the talks were taking place in an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Colombia and sought an agreement to start formal peace negotiations. “The meeting seeks a joint review of recommendations by the exploratory (peace) commission on how to advance to a formal peace negotiation,” a government source told Reuters. The meeting is the first since the renegade chief of the 10,000-member United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, Carlos Castano, suggested earlier this month that the United States suspend an extradition request if he and his men pulled out of crime and “behaved.” Full Story

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