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    Colombian Gov't to Resume Peace Talks With Second Largest Rebel Group in January

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    Peace talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group have been postponed until January, the government said in a statement.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The ELN has requested additional time for in-group consultations, according to the Wednesday statement, which said that the "round table" peace negotiations will resume on January 10, 2017.

    On Wednesday, Colombia’s house of representatives approved the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People's Army (FARC). The agreement was approved by the country's senate earlier this week.

    ELN is the second-largest rebel group in Colombia after FARC.

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