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FARC urges pact on 'humanitarian' norms with Colombia

The FARC rebel group called Monday for a pact with the Colombian government on humanitarian conduct, as the two sides pursue an end to their half-century conflict. A negotiator for the leftist guerrilla group, Pablo Catatumbo, aired the proposal as peace talks resumed in the Cuban capital Havana. Reading from a statement, Catatumbo said the FARC proposed that in lieu of a ceasefire the sides establish norms for the conduct of their forces including "humanitarian minimums."

Three FARC rebels killed in Colombia

Colombia's military said Sunday three FARC guerrillas were killed in two separate operations, capping a week of combat that has left 29 rebels dead. Among the latest FARC casualties was a rebel the army said was behind a bombing January 16 outside a police station in the town of Pradera that killed one person and injured 25 people. Two other alleged FARC accomplices in the bombing were also captured in the military operation, in the southwest department of Valle del Cauca.

Divisions erupt as Columbia rebels criticize their own

In the latest sign of division amongst Colombia's FARC rebels as peace talks continue, the group's leadership on Friday made a rare condemnation of an attack by some of its own guerillas. The group's central command, in a stern message on its website, "repudiated and condemned" some fighters from within the group's own ranks following a car bomb attack last week. A civilian died and more than 20 people were injured when the bomb was detonated in front of a police station in Pradera, a town in the western Valle de Cauca region.

Divisions erupt as Colombia rebels criticize their own

In the latest sign of division amongst Colombia's FARC rebels as peace talks continue, the group's leadership made a rare condemnation Friday of an attack by some of its own guerrillas. The group's central command, in a stern message on its website, "repudiated and condemned" some fighters from within its own ranks following a car bomb attack last week. A civilian died and more than 20 people were injured when the bomb was detonated in front of a police station in Pradera, a town in the western Valle de Cauca region.

Colombia's FARC admits, repudiates bombing

Bogota, Jan 24 (EFE).- The leadership of Colombia's FARC insurgency acknowledged that one of its units carried out last week's deadly bombing in the southwestern town of Pradera and said the commander who ordered the attack would be disciplined. "The order came from the commander of one of the units that make up the FARC's Arturo Ruiz Mobile Bloc, a situation that leads to our open reproach and the application of the appropriate disciplinary correctives," the FARC Secretariat said in a statement published Friday.

Colombia's FARC admits, repudiates bombing

Bogota, Jan 24 (EFE).- The leadership of Colombia's FARC insurgency acknowledged that one of its units carried out last week's deadly bombing in the southwestern town of Pradera and said the commander who ordered the attack would be disciplined. "The order came from the commander of one of the units that make up the FARC's Arturo Ruiz Mobile Bloc, a situation that leads to our open reproach and the application of the appropriate disciplinary correctives," the FARC Secretariat said in a statement published Friday.

Colombia's FARC condemns rebel attack killing civilian

Colombia's FARC rebel central command Friday condemned an attack by its own guerillas that left a civilian dead, highlighting possible divisions within the group as it attempts to negotiate peace. "Those responsible never intended to cause injury to the non-combatant civilian population," the FARC secretariat said in a statement on its website. But that does not "exclude its responsibility for the lack of foresight" in the attack.

Colombia's FARC condemns rebel attack killing civilian

Colombia's FARC rebel central command Friday condemned an attack by its own guerillas that left a civilian dead, highlighting possible divisions within the group as it attempts to negotiate peace. "Those responsible never intended to cause injury to the non-combatant civilian population," the FARC secretariat said in a statement on its website. But that does not "exclude its responsibility for the lack of foresight" in the attack.

14 rebels killed in Colombia fighting

The Colombian military said Monday a weekend offensive against the FARC killed 14 rebels, five more than previously reported. The air and ground attack targeted a FARC camp near the town of Tame, in a rural area near the border with Venezuela, it said in a statement. During the operation, a helicopter was hit by rebel fire but was not brought down. Besides the 14 dead, whose bodies were recovered after the fighting, one rebel was wounded and another surrendered.

At least nine FARC rebels killed in Colombia

At least nine Marxist FARC rebels were killed in a clash with Colombia's military even as peace talks are held between the two sides in Cuba, the army said Sunday. The military operation took place in the northern town of Tame, near the border with Venezuela. "At least nine FARC guerrillas were killed in a joint operation between the air force and army, based on preliminary information," an army spokeswoman in Bogota said. Rebels managed to fire on a military helicopter but did not shoot it down, she added.
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