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Colombia rebels reject peace talks

The two main rebel groups in Colombia have issued a rare joint statement ruling out peace negotiations with President Alvaro Uribe. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) accused Mr Uribe of being an enemy of peace, whose militaristic policies only created misery. The statement follows a recent meeting between leaders of the two guerrilla groups in the Colombian mountains. The BBC’s Jeremy McDermott in Colombia says that a union of the two rebel groups, who have waged war on the state for nearly 40 years, would make them more dangerous than ever. He says the rebels have been forced on the back foot recently by Mr Uribe’s tough policy against insurgency, backed by more than $3bn in aid from the United States. Full Story

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