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Colombia: kidnappings slow peace talks

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas will be suspended after the abduction of an army general and two other officials last weekend.

The incident occurred in the department of Chocó, northwestern Colombia, when the military and his companions entered an area controlled by rebels.

Talks seeking to end 50 years of civil war, were to resume Tuesday in Havana, the second anniversary of the start of negotiations.

President Santos described the incident as "unacceptable" and warned that the process will not continue until the situation is clarified and the hostages are released.

A FARC spokesperson this week confirmed the seizure of two men and a woman, adding that their fate will depend "on the decisions taken by higher FARC authorities."

Kidnappings derailed two previous peace processes, one in 1992 under President Cesar Gaviria, and another ten years later under President Andres Pastrana.