Colombia renews peace talks with last remaining rebel group

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he’s resuming peace talks with the nation’s last remaining rebel group.

Santos told the nation in a televised broadcast Monday that he’s sending his chief negotiator back to Ecuador for a new round of talks in belief that “peace saves lives.”

Talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army broke down in January after the expiration of a temporary cease-fire. The rebels initiated fresh attacks just hours after the cease-fire ended and sporadic violence between the guerrillas and government forces has continued.

Authorities say six police officers were killed and 47 injured in a rebel bombing at a police station in Barranquilla in January. Nearly a half-dozen other officers were killed in a roadside bombing near Colombia’s border with Venezuela in February.

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