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Colombian president rejects talks with rebel guerrillas

01-11-2012 10:34 BJT

BOGOTA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday rejected a call by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to resume peace negotiations, saying his government would maintain a military approach toward the guerrillas.

"We don't want any more rhetoric. The country asks for clear acts of peace," Santos wrote in a Twitter message on Tuesday in response to a call for talks by FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, or "Timochenko."

Santos said his government would not resort to talks unless the rebels first give up arms, release hostages and halt attacks.

Since the last round of negotiations held between 1999 and 2002 collapsed, government forces have made progress in fighting the rebels by killing or capturing senior rebels and demobilizing small armed groups, due to improved intelligence, mobility and training of security forces.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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