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No Extension of Talks With Colombia Rebel Group
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No Extension of Talks With Colombia Rebel Group

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has given a leftist rebel group a stark warning about the future of peace talks being in held in Cuba.

Santos told the Farc they must focus and reach an agreement on the outstanding negotiating points to sign a peace accord on 23 March. For the first time since the process began, he indicated that the talks would not go ahead beyond that date, BBC reported.

The negotiations are aimed at ending more than five decades of conflict. They were launched in Havana in November 2012.

Since then, an agreement has been reached on the political participation of rebels, land reform, drug trafficking and transitional justice. But with five weeks to go until the agreed deadline, there are still disagreements over some issues of the disarmament process and implementation of the accord.

More than 220,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced in unrest that began in the 1960s and has also involved other guerrilla groups and rightwing paramilitaries.

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