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Monday, 26 August 2013 01:00

Peace talks to resume despite soldier killings

Colombia's government announced today that peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) were resuming, just hours after guerillas killed 13 soldiers in an ambush.

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle said that both sides would be back at the table this morning.

On Saturday, a Farc column killed 13 soldiers in Arauca on the Venezuelan border.

Farc has demanded seats in Congress and its own news media.

But it has also acknowledged for the first time that it shared responsibility for the country's suffering - and showed willingness to make amends to victims.

Farc had announced a temporary talks freeze over President Juan Manuel Santos's refusal to agree to a constitutional assembly when a peace deal is struck.

Instead Mr Santos said he was asking Congress to schedule a referendum for next year on any peace agreement achieved, to coincide with national elections.

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