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Tuesday, 10 March, 1998, 18:03 GMT
Russia to mediate in Colombia's conflict

The Russian foreign minister, Yevgeny Primakov, has told Colombia that Russia is prepared to mediate in the thirty year-long conflict between the government and two left-wing guerrilla movements , the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and National Liberation Army.

The offer was made during a visit of the Colombian foreign minister, Maria Emma Mejia, to Moscow.

In a news conference, Mr Primakov said Russia wanted to join the international group of nations currently mediating between the two sides.

Mr Primakov said Russia was seriously concerned about the Colombian conflict, which he described as the last trench of the cold war.

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