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Posted December 20, 2005 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Colombian leaders and the head of the country`s second-largest rebel group were meeting in Cuba to fashion a peace process after a four-decade war.

The National Liberation Army, or ELN, has agreed to the talks after being persuaded by leader Francisco Galan.

He was given three months out from his 30-year prison term to persuade the group.

The meeting is being facilitated by Colombian writer and Nobel prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez who told both sides ‘they should be ashamed’ if an agreement isn`t reached.

Peace talks in 2003 failed.

The government of President Alvaro Uribe is insisting on a cease-fire. The ELN demands social issues such as poverty be addressed.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on December 20, 2005 by DeeDee

    Cuba hosting peace talks eh?  Interesting.

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