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Friday, January 12, 2018, 13:04
Colombia negotiator: New cease-fire still not out of reach
By Associated Press
Friday, January 12, 2018, 13:04 By Associated Press

Gustavo Bell (right), the Colombian government's chief government negotiator, arrives at the airport in Quito, Ecuador on Jan 11, 2018. (RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP)

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's chief government negotiator in peace talks with the nation's last remaining rebel group said Thursday officials are still committed to reaching a new cease-fire agreement despite fresh guerrilla attacks that put a pause on the dialogue.

The government's willingness to reach a new cease-fire agreement requires demonstration of "unequivocal acts of peace"

In a televised address, Gustavo Bell said both sides will need to act quickly because part of the United Nations commission overseeing the prior, temporary bilateral cease-fire that ended Tuesday has already begun to disband.

Bell added that the government's willingness to reach a new cease-fire agreement requires demonstration of "unequivocal acts of peace." 

President Juan Manuel Santos recalled Bell from peace talks in Ecuador Wednesday after guerrillas with the National Liberation Army, or ELN, staged new attacks hours after the expiration of a 101-day cease-fire. Bell's recall signaled a considerable setback in talks that began last February to end Colombia's final rebel conflict.

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