Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

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Commander of the FARC-EP leftist guerrillas, Ivan Marquez (L), reads a statement next to commander Jesus Santrich, at the Convention Palace in Havana, as peace talks with the Colombian government resume on September 1, 2014Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels. “There is no way” that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will accept a military role “to resolve issues that are of political nature by definition,” top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez told reporters. Marquez spoke in the Cuban capital Havana, where peace talks began in November 2012 even though hostilities have continued in the absence of a ceasefire. President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday that he would put Colombia’s top general, Javier Florez, in charge of a military operation to demobilize and disarm the guerrillas.

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