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Colombian Rebels Dismiss Prisoner Swap

Colombia’s main rebel group on Monday criticized a government proposal to swap jailed guerrillas for kidnapped politicians, soldiers and three American contractors, saying any deal should allow its freed comrades to return to the rebel ranks. But the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said it has made note that the government had made the proposal and said it hopes the two sides eventually can find common ground for some type of swap. The FARC criticized a specific condition of the government proposal, announced by President Alvaro Uribe’s administration Wednesday, that says guerrillas freed from prison must either leave the country or enter a government-sponsored program to bring them back into society. Full Story

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