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Colombia and Paramilitaries Reach Deal

Colombia’s outlawed right-wing paramilitary groups agreed Thursday to move into a special zone as they negotiate eventual demobilization, government officials said. Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo signed the pact Thursday with commanders of the anti-guerrilla United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, at a paramilitary stronghold in northwest Colombia, Vice President Francisco Santos said. “This is an accord that we have been working toward for a long time,” Santos told RCN radio. The breakthrough in peace talks with the paramilitaries came as troops and police captured 43 suspected Marxist rebels armed with explosives and shotguns as they allegedly prepared for terrorist attacks in the capital. Full Story

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