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Attack by Colombia Rebels Threatens Fragile Talks

The massacre of 34 coca farmers in northeastern Colombia on Tuesday by leftist rebels may be a sign that the guerrillas are intent on regaining territory they have lost to a right-wing paramilitary group, political analysts said Wednesday. The paramilitaries have been engaged in informal disarmament talks with the government of President Álvaro Uribe in the last year, and had recently pulled back some of their forces from the area where the violence occurred, the analysts said.Fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist insurgency known as FARC, entered San Martín, a hamlet in the Norte de Santander province, on Tuesday morning, tied up coca farmers employed by the paramilitaries and shot them dead, said survivors, army commanders and local government officials. It was the worst mass killing in Colombia since Mr. Uribe won office two years ago. Full Story

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