Colombia

Colombia, FARC Rebels to Begin Peace Talks

Conflict has cost thousands of lives

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Colombia and its main leftist rebel group said Tuesday they have signed an accord to launch peace talks next month aimed at ending a stubborn, half-century-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

In a nationally televised speech, President Juan Manuel Santos called the pact a roadmap to "a definitive peace." It was reached after six months of direct talks in Cuba, with that country's government and Norway serving as brokers following a year and a half of preparatory work.