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Colombian Government Begins New Round Of Talks With FARC Rebels
However, FARC said government spying has negatively affected the process.
"We begin this new cycle of peace talks with deep distrust as a result of the absurd espionage by Colombian military intelligence and police," FARC delegation member Pablo Catatumbo said.
FARC also condemned Sunday's attack on the campaign convoy of Aida Avella, who is a presidential candidate of the leftist Patriotic Union party.
The peace talks, aimed at ending five decades of armed conflict between the government and the armed leftist rebels, began in November 2012.
The two sides have already discussed agrarian reform and land redistribution, and the rebels' participation in politics once they disarm.
Meanwhile, in BOGOTA, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos condemned an attack over the weekend on the convoy of a presidential contender in the general elections due in May.
The convoy of Aida Avella, the presidential candidate of the leftist Patriotic Union (UP) party, was fired upon by unknown assailants when it was heading for downtown Puerto Jordan, in Tame municipality, northeast Arauca department, Sunday. No one was injured in the attack.
Speaking at an official event in Bogota, Santos said, "I had the opportunity to call ... Aida to express, on behalf of my government and every Colombian, our solidarity and our condemnation of this unfortunate incident." Santos, who has ordered an investigation into the attack, also pledged his government will provide Avella and other opposition candidates security.
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