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Rebels in Colombia agree to disarm

Militia leaders in Colombia agreed yesterday to lay down their arms and restrict themselves to a limited zone in the north of the country, just when a breakdown in peace talks seemed imminent. In an apparent first step toward the demobilisation of some 15,000 paramilitary fighters, the leading members of the United Self Defence Forces of Colombia, or AUC, agreed to concentrate in a rural zone of Córdoba province, a traditional stronghold of the outlaw counter-insurgent groups. The surprise government announcement came 20 days after the AUC founder, Carlos Castaño, went missing following an attempt on his life – apparently at the hands of rivals within the organisation. He is widely presumed dead. Full Story

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