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Colombia Identifies 10,000 Missing in Conflict

VOA News May 27, 2011

Colombia's government has identified the remains of nearly 10,000 people who were buried in unmarked graves throughout the country, victims of decades of conflict in the South American nation between leftist rebels, right-wing militia's and government forces.

Interior Minister German Vargas made the announcement during a press conference in Bogota.

He says 9,969 people were identified by matching their fingerprints with those on Colombia's National Registry.

Authorities say they are still trying to identify some 10,000 others but are having difficulties due to reasons including advanced stage of decomposition and lack of identification documents.

Colombia's decades-long internal conflict involves government forces, right-wing paramilitary groups and leftist rebels.

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