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Colombia’s Farc Rebels: End to Kidnapping a New Start?

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peace sign - human chainIn an unprecedented concession, Colombian rebels have pledged to end their practice of kidnapping for ransom and release the hostages they hold, hoping to re-open the doors to dialogue as the civil conflict enters its 48th year.

In a communique published on the rebel-friendly website Anncol, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) announced an end to kidnapping.

“We announce that from this date we forbid this practice in our revolutionary conduct,” the statement said.

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