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FARC Dissidents Kill 4 Colombian Troopers Forward of Talks: Bogota

4 Colombian Military troopers have been killed in fights with FARC dissidents a day earlier than a gathering between the insurgent group and the federal government to consolidate peace talks, Bogota’s Protection Ministry stated Saturday.

The troopers have been killed “in preventing towards a residual armed group,” the ministry stated in an announcement, referring to the identify utilized by authorities for armed teams that didn’t settle for a 2016 peace settlement.

The Estado Mayor Central (EMC), a dissident group of Colombia’s disbanded FARC guerrillas, rejected the 2016 deal, however stated in April it was prepared to start negotiations with the federal government.

The EMC is because of start a three-day assembly on Monday with the federal government to resolve on a date for future peace talks, and to formalize a bilateral ceasefire, Bogota stated Saturday morning, hours earlier than the 4 troopers have been killed.

The assault passed off within the southwestern rural area of Narino, on the border with Ecuador, which is house to a big portion of the coca crops in Colombia, the world’s largest cocaine producer, in line with the United Nations.

Coca cultivation is against the law, however a mainstay for a lot of within the South American nation of fifty million individuals.

A lot of the sector is managed by armed teams, together with leftist guerrillas, rightwing paramilitaries, or drug cartels.

Gustavo Petro, the primary leftist president in Colombia’s historical past, has sought to defuse the nation’s greater than six-decade battle by way of agreements with the varied armed teams.

At midnight on December 31, Petro introduced a bilateral truce with the 5 primary guerrilla teams, however suspended the take care of the EMC in Might, after the rebels murdered 4 younger Indigenous males who resisted recruitment.

The European Union, Norway, Switzerland, and Eire, in addition to the Catholic Church, help Petro’s peace course of.

Consultants have questioned the unity of command within the EMC, which is led by ex-FARC veterans however with new recruits amongst its ranks.