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December 23, 2001 | From Reuters
The government has reopened formal peace negotiations with Colombia's second-largest rebel force after a breakthrough at meetings in Havana this month. The reopening of formal talks Friday scraps arrest warrants for spokesmen of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and recognizes the guerrilla group's status as a political movement, even as the United States branded the Cuban-inspired rebels "terrorists."
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December 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Clashes between Colombian rebels and paramilitary forces near the Panamanian border killed at least 10 fighters last weekend, and there were reports that as many as 200 civilians died, officials said Thursday. The leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, attacked an area largely controlled by the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, known as the AUC, said Ricardo Victoria, mayor of the northwestern town of Riosucio.
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October 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Scattered clashes over the past two days have killed 20 combatants in Colombia, where leftist rebels, government troops and rightist paramilitaries have been fighting for more than three decades, the army said Saturday. In addition, at least four villagers were killed Saturday by suspected paramilitary gunmen in northern Colombia in the latest in a rash of attacks blamed on an outlaw group.
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October 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
Right-wing paramilitary fighters pulled unarmed people off buses and out of their homes in this southern village, killing at least 24 men after accusing them of aiding leftist rebels, authorities said Thursday. The massacre was one of several attacks in the country in a week, most blamed on the outlawed paramilitary forces, known as the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The bloodshed has claimed at least 49 lives, including four soldiers and a mayor.
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October 6, 2001 | RUTH MORRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leftist rebels made an uncharacteristic bow to public pressure Friday with an agreement to suspend roadside kidnappings and to immediately discuss a possible cease-fire, injecting new life into Colombia's moribund peace process. In the accord, read by Peace Commissioner Camilo Gomez in a televised address, the 17,000-strong Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, promised to stop erecting rural roadblocks with the intent to kidnap wealthy travelers.
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October 5, 2001 | From Associated Press
Washington should tighten controls on military aid to Colombia because President Andres Pastrana has made only token efforts to sever links between his armed forces and a brutal right-wing paramilitary group, a human rights group said Thursday. The report by U.S.-based Human Rights Watch alleges collaboration between three Colombian army brigades and the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, which has been assassinating suspected rebel collaborators.
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September 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Members of a right-wing paramilitary group raided a Colombian village and killed at least 11 people, authorities said. National Police spokeswoman Jenny Alvarado said up to 15 people may have been executed in the early morning massacre near the township of Falan, about 75 miles west of the capital, Bogota. Fighters from the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia killed the villagers after accusing them of working with leftist guerrillas, Col. Ciro Chitiva of the Tolima state police said.
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September 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Andres Pastrana plans to extend a controversial rebel safe haven for at least six more months to pursue peace negotiations in the zone, Interior Minister Armando Estrada said. "The alternative is all-out war," he told Colombia's Congress. The safe haven, which has been extended several times since its creation in 1998 to jump-start peace talks, expires in October. An extension would put the next renewal decision at the height of next year's presidential campaign.
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August 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombian authorities formally charged three suspected Irish Republican Army members with training Marxist rebels and carrying false passports. Colombia's prosecutor's office said Niall Terence Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan can be held in jail for 240 days while the state prepares its case. The trio, linked by Colombian and British officials to the IRA, was detained last week. They allegedly trained Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels to make bombs.
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