Colombia split over peace talks in election battle

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File picture of Colombian Army Gen. Montoya examining a cocaine pack confiscated by troops near Puerto AsisBy Helen Murphy PUERTO ASIS Colombia (Reuters) – Two camouflaged military helicopters dot the sky as Silvio Mora sweeps up remains of a freshly killed chicken at his backyard slaughter house in Colombia’s southern conflict zone of Putumayo. The war has brought only misery, we need peace talks to work.” Mora, 45, turned to subsistence farming in the regional capital Puerto Asis after his 20 hectares (49 acres) of coca were fumigated during former President Alvaro Uribe’s hardline rule to stop Marxist rebels using the crop to produce cocaine. The father-of-four is among hundreds of thousands of Colombians in frontline areas who want President Juan Manuel Santos re-elected on Sunday so he can continue negotiating an end to five decades of war with guerrilla leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet many other voters, living in once-violent regions that were pacified during Uribe’s U.S.-backed military offensives against the FARC, oppose the negotiations with rebel leaders and instead support Uribe’s candidate, right-wing opposition leader Oscar Ivan Zuluaga.

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