Colombia announces it will resume peace talks with rebels
A fire burns at a roadblock as motorcyclists and a man with a bicycle try to move along the road in Ventaquemada in central Colombia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP / Fernando Vergara)
Published Saturday, August 24, 2013 9:52PM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's government has announced that peace talks with the country's largest guerrilla army will be renewed on Monday in Cuba after the rebels temporarily walked away from the negotiations.
Almost simultaneously, the army said that 13 members of the military were killed in a rebel ambush Saturday in the province of Arauca about 390 kilometers)northeast of the capital, Bogota.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, temporarily walked away from the talks on Friday over President Juan Manuel Santos' refusal to agree to modify the constitution if a peace pact is struck.
On Saturday, government negotiator Humberto De la Calle said "after an evaluation it is confirmed that the FARC has made the decision to return to the negotiating table at 8:30 a.m. Monday to continue the talks."