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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:53 PM

Colombian rebels call on Santos to save peace talks


.....HAVANA (Reuters) -
Santos infuriated the rebels earlier this week when he said they should be responsible for compensating the of thousands of farmers who were forced to flee their lands during the region's longest and only remaining guerilla war.

The FARC considers itself the representative of Colombia's rural poor in their conflicts with big landlords and foreign mining and oil companies.

"It is true that at the negotiating table there has been important progress made, but the official attitudes ... threaten to sink them in a swamp. Let's get it out of there now, Santos," said a statement by FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, alias Timoleon Jimenez, distributed in Havana as the talks resumed. "Let's save it," he added.

Responding to the rebel statement, Colombian Interior Minister Fernando Carrillo told journalists in Bogota, "It's in their hands to pull it out of the swamp. Let them stop kidnapping and attacking Colombians."

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