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Colombians May Enter Prisoner-Swap Talks

The government said Monday it would consider a demand from Colombia’s main rebel group to hold face-to-face talks over swapping jailed insurgents for dozens of hostages, including three U.S. military contractors. President Alvaro Uribe’s administration had wanted to conduct the negotiations by messages over the Internet. Resolving the differences could lead to the first negotiations between the hard-line government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, since peace talks failed more than two years ago. FARC spokesman Raul Reyes told a local TV station the rebels are willing to negotiate personally with government Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo in a safe haven. Full Story

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