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Sunday, 11 November, 2001, 13:59 GMT
Colombian rebels make peace move

The second-largest left-wing rebel group in Colombia - the National Liberation Army - has indicated it wants to reopen negotiations with the government.

A group of Colombian congressmen which met representatives of the group in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, said the ELN had told them it was prepared to immediately reopen peace talks without preconditions.

The congressmen said they would explain the proposal in a meeting with the government peace commissioner, Camilo Gomez.

President Andres Pastrana ended contacts with the ELN in August, accusing the rebel group of lacking a real commitment to peace. The ELN had said it would only consider a return to negotiations after a new Colombian president was elected next year.

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