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DATE=7/15/98 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-235518 TITLE=COLOMBIA REBELS (L-ONLY) BYLINE=GEORGE MEEK DATELINE=RIO DE JANEIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS IN COLOMBIA ARE WELCOMING DECISIONS BY LEFTIST GUERRILLAS TO RESPECT HUMANITARIAN GUIDELINES AND BEGIN A PEACE DIALOGUE. WE HAVE DETAILS FROM CORRESPONDENT GEORGE MEEK IN OUR SOUTH AMERICA BUREAU. TEXT: OFFICIAL AND PRIVATE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS IN COLOMBIA ARE PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS OF FOUR DAYS OF TALKS BETWEEN A PRIVATE NATIONAL PEACE COMMITTEE AND THE NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY -- COLOMBIA'S SECOND LARGEST REBEL GROUP. THE TALKS TOOK PLACE IN MAINZ, GERMANY, HOSTED BY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCES OF GERMANY AND COLOMBIA. PEACE COMMITTEE MEMBER JAIME BERNAL CUELLAR, WHO IS COLOMBIA'S ATTORNEY-GENERAL, READ THE PART OF THE COMMUNIQUE DEALING WITH HUMANITARIAN MEASURES. // SPANISH ACT FADES UNDER // HE SAYS, AS OF TODAY, THERE WILL BE NO MORE CAPTURE OF PERSONS WHO ARE UNDER-AGE OR OVER 65, AND IN NO CASE WILL PREGNANT WOMEN BE DEPRIVED OF THEIR FREEDOM. THE REBELS SAID THEY WOULD STOP SEIZING HOSTAGES ENTIRELY IF THEY CAN GET ENOUGH MONEY FROM OTHER SOURCES. THEY PROMISED TO STOP BLOWING UP COLOMBIA'S OIL PIPELINE WHILE A NATIONAL CONFERENCE DISCUSSES NEW LEGISLATION TO RESTRICT FOREIGN PARTICIPATION IN THE PETROLEUM SECTOR. THE HEAD OF COLOMBIA'S BUSINESS FEDERATION, SABAS PRETELT, READ THE PART OF THE MAINZ COMMUNIQUE CALLING FOR A NATIONAL PEACE CONVENTION ON DEMILITARIZED TERRITORY IN COLOMBIA. // SPANISH ACT FADES UNDER // HE SAYS THE CONVENTION WILL DRAW UP THE BASIS FOR A POLITICAL AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL REFORMS AND CHANGES WITH A VIEW TO THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE STATE AND THE SOCIETY. A COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED TO ORGANIZE THE CONVENTION, WHICH IS TO BE HELD BEFORE OCTOBER 12TH OF THIS YEAR. // OPT // COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT ELECT ANDRES PASTRANA HAS ALREADY MET WITH LEADERS OF THE LARGEST REBEL GROUP, THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES. HE SAYS PEACE TALKS WITH THEM WILL BEGIN WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER HE TAKES OFFICE ON AUGUST SEVENTH. // END OPT /// COLOMBIAN GUERRILLAS, BELIEVED TO NUMBER AT LEAST 15-THOUSAND, HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES TO PROMOTE SOCIAL CHANGE. THEY CONTROL ABOUT 40 PERCENT OF THE NATIONAL TERRITORY. THE VIOLENCE HAS CLAIMED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES. (SIGNED) NEB/GM/JO 15-Jul-98 5:12 PM EDT (2112 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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